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Lecture notes and other links are available in our eLearning course materials

Topics and readings

Orientation to the course. What is race?

Tuesday: "Race—the power of an illusion, Episode 1: The Differences Between Us"

Thursday: History of the concept of human variation up through Darwin. What did the Egyptians think? What does the bible say about race? How did the Greeks and Romans characterize differences? When does race start to have its modern meaning?

Race—the power of an illusion, Episode 2: The Story We Tell

Late 19th – Early 20th Century concepts of human variation

20th Century perspectives

Race—the Power of an illusion, Part III: The House We Live In

Biological basis of human differences

Race and Biology

Diversity and human evolution 

Diversity and human evolution, Part II

The Journey of Man

Distribution of human differences

Distribution of human differences: "Racial Characteristics"

Race and Athletics

Human diversity and health: race and disease

Race and IQ

Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.: Second Exam


Graves, Joseph L., Jr. 2001. The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millenium. Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 978-0813533025

Sarich, Vincent and Miele, Frank. 2005. Race: The Reality of Human Differences. Boulder, CO:Westview Press. 978-0813343228

Wells, Spencer. 2003. The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 978-0812971460

OTHER READINGS are available through our course eLearning site.