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Nature & Nurture: The Science of Self-Discovery

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Spring 2016
Psych 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

What makes us who we are? Nature or nurture? The debate has raged on for over a century, and it now seems clear; both are essential.

During this class, we aim to deconstruct nature v. nurture, step by step, in an effort to understand ourselves a little bit better.  We’ll break down genetic mechanisms and hidden environmental influences.

We will look at ways in which our genes influence our environment, and ways in which our environment influences our genes.  We’ll dive into genetic factors in human psychology-- personality, traditions, childhood development.  And finally, we will examine the ethical and political implications of the information at hand, discussing public policy, genetic determinism, and “designer babies.”

Each class will consist of one hour of lecture, interspersed with one hour of discussion, group activities, and/or debate.  We hope that students will walk away with a general understanding of human behavioral genetics and the ability to confidently dissect current events in this field.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of genetics or psychology, so everyone is welcome!

How to Enroll:

Enrollment will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. After completing the survey, you will receive a confirmation message about your enrollment status. CCNs will be distributed after our first class session, on Wednesday, January 20, and enrollment will be finalized during the fourth week of instruction (2/8-2/12). The remainder of our classes will take place on Wednesdays, from 6-8 pm.

Course Contact: naturenurturedecal AT


Faculty Sponsor: Mahesh Srinivasan

Time & Location:

Kumi Yanagihara
30101 WheelerW 6p-8popen

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