300384 VO What is Life? (2012W)
Conceptual foundations of biology
Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung
Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel
Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab
A selection of highly influential historical and contemporary writings from both biology and philosophy will be used to explore the four proposed topics. Students will give presentations on at least one of the readings that will be used to introduce the four sections and turn it in a one page paper (depending on the number of students).
Attendance and active participation is important for this class. Students are invited and encouraged to draw upon their own knowledge of biology and its history in class discussions. At the end of the course, two debate teams will debate arguments for and against a case study in evolutionary psychology.