Apr 23, 2018  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LACR 222 - SIFT: Human Adaptability

3 credits
This course examines relationships between environmental resources, technology, and power in production systems ranging from hunter-gatherer to industrial. Jared Diamond’s ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel’ forms the core of the course with his discussion of the geographical context of domestication of plants and animals and how they might have ultimately affected the world distribution of power. Various ecosystems (deserts, grasslands, arctic, tropical and temperate forests, and high-altitude) will be considered along with their advantages and disadvantages for domestication and human adaptation. The scientific questions underlying these geographical and ecological investigations will be considered throughout the term.

Enrollment in BS, BFA, or BM degree program required. Successful completion of LACR*009 where required as a, result of English placement exam. Successful completion of LACR*100 where required as a, result of English placement exam.