Evolutionary Biology

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Science and Medicine
    Domain Biology
    Code UE-SBL.00021
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Lecture
    Level Bachelor
    Semester SA-2022

    Title

    French Biologie de l'évolution
    German Evolutionsbiologie
    English Evolutionary Biology

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Monday 10:15 - 12:00, Hebdomadaire (Autumn semester)
    Struct. of the schedule 2h par semaines durant 14 semaines
    Contact's hours 28

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description This course introduces the fundamental principles and concepts of evolutionary biology. Since the publication of Charles Darwin’s 1859 book On The Origin of Species evolutionary biology has illuminated why and how organisms evolve, how they adapt to their environments through the process of natural selection, and how new species come into existence. Evolutionary biology is thus critical for our understanding of all of biology: “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”, as the famous geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote. Evolution answers such exciting questions as: How did life originate? How do new species form? How can natural selection lead to – seemingly impossible or highly improbable – adaptations, including very complex organismal structures? How do history and randomness affect the evolution of life on earth? How do genetics and development constrain or facilitate evolution? Why are bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? How can cooperation evolve despite selfishness? Why are sex ratios typically 50:50? Why do some organisms produce only one offspring, whereas others produce millions? Why do we age and die?
    Training objectives The students will learn to: define and apply the basic concepts of evolutionary biology; understand the principle of natural selection; explain why and how organisms evolve, adapt, speciate or go extinct; understand the interplay between chance (history, contingency, random events) and determinism (e.g., selection) in shaping evolution; summarize the empirical evidence for evolution, including human evolution; understand and discuss open, still unresolved scientific problems in evolutionary biology; refute creationist or intelligent design claims; and explain the theory and factual basis of evolution to non-biologists; understand the importance of evolutionary biology for human evolution, health and disease.
    Comments Primary reference/textbook:

    This course will be based very closely on the following book:

    Title: Evolution - An Introduction (2nd edition from 2005)
    Authors: Stearns & Hoekstra
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2005
    ISBN: 9780199255634

    The students are strongly encouraged to obtain the book and to read it.
    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    No
    BeNeFri
    Yes
    Mobility
    Yes
    UniPop
    No
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    19.09.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    26.09.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    03.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    10.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    17.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    24.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    31.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    07.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    14.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    21.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    28.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    05.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    12.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
    19.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 04, Room 0.110
  • Assessments methods

    Written exam - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Date 15.02.2023 13:00 - 14:30
    Assessments methods By rating
    Descriptions of Exams

    Épreuve écrite de 90 min. Une note.

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