Nature versus Nurture

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nature versus Nurture

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Students learn how individual differences in human complex behavior can be explained by differences between people in their genes, and in their environment.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Human traits show considerable individual differences. In the Nature vs. Nurture course, the influence of genes and of environmental factors on individual differences in human behavior will be discussed. The course starts with an historical overview of the nature-versus-nurture debate, and will describe how twin- and family studies paved the way for current genetic research. The course specifically focuses on the rapid developments in the field of genetics, that allow researchers to search the entire genome for genes that are predictive of human behavior and disease. We will discuss recent large-scale gene-finding studies and discuss how these translate to state-of-the-art neuroscience research, and how they inspire studies on personalized treatments in medical practice. In addition, ethical aspects of current genetic research will be discussed.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, discussion groups, presentations.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Ethical debate sessions and a written exam

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