Human Biology: Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Life

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Biology: Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Life

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    An issues-based course designed for non-science majors that takes a fresh approach to the field of biology. Emphasis is put on human genetics, inheritance and human development, molecular biology, evolution, and ecology.

    An issues based 3cr course without labs suitable for non-science majors the approach of which helps students experience the relationships between the various fields of biology, the interdisciplinary nature of today's biology, and the intimate connection between biology and social issues. The aim is to make students aware that biology is both interesting and relevant to their lives. Facts are taught in a context that emphasizes how these facts are produced, organized, and used to solve problems.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method, core biology concepts and principles.
    2. Develop basic knowledge on the cell division process, cancer and cancer therapy, human genetics and inheritance, especially focusing on the relationship between genetics and human health.
    3. Explain how genes and chromosomes control human traits, including inherited diseases. Describe the new ways of dealing with hereditary risks and other medical conditions.
    4. Evaluate the new reproductive technologies, human development and what is genetic engineering. Analyse how the Human Genome Project and the new Proteome Project will greatly advance our knowledge.
    5. Explain the various aspects of the modern theory of evolution and the theories on the origin of life.
    6. Evaluate the effects of population explosion, human impacts, biodiversity, and environmental issues.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Class lectures, interactive learning (class discussions, group work) video presentations, and practical problems solved in class.
    - Exercises and primary source documents are assigned as homework, the solutions of which are reviewed in class
    - CD-ROMS (The Dynamic Human, Explorations in Human Biology. Virtual Biology Laboratory, Explorations in Cell Biology & Genetics).
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture.
    - Use of blackboard, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.


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