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as of 7/2/2022

HUMAN ADAPTIVE INTERACTIONS TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectEnvironmental Studies
Biological Sciences
Number & Suffix: 170
Full UC Title: HUMAN ADAPTIVE INTERACTIONS TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS 
Transcript Title: HUMN ADAPT INTERACT 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program in Sciences and Management of Nature. The course is intended for advanced level students only. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students who complete a research paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded one extra unit for the course. Maximum units for the course are six. The course focuses on the distribution of human biodiversity in the world and on the main adaptive processes that have influenced it through patterns of phenotypic and molecular variation in human populations. The course explores how the different and changing environments have prompted ecological and cultural shifts that have introduced new selective pressures that have impacted the human genome. Special attention is placed on cases in which ecological and cultural contexts have changed so rapidly in the modern era that they have trigger adaptive traits that were previously shaped by natural selection and now are shaped by maladaptive selection. The course also provides elements useful for understanding the evolutionary causes of differential susceptibilities to complex diseases in human populations. The course focuses on the main models for describing different types of natural selection affecting the human genome. Emphasis is placed on patterns of genetic and phenotypic variation in modern human populations as they have evolved in relation to the variety of environments that H. sapiens has occupied after leaving the African continent. Finally, the course focuses on the most up-to-date evidence supporting the occurrence of dis-adaptive processes in present-day human populations due to rapid changes in environmental and/or cultural contexts. The course covers the following topics: types and modes of action of natural selection on the human genome, patterns of genetic and phenotypic variation in human populations, adaptive processes of human populations in response to the environment, and dis-adaptive processes of human populations due to rapid environmental changes. The course includes visual materials and exercises on data analyses aimed at inferring the action of natural selection on the human genome. Assessment is based on a written examination with a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: HUMAN ADAPTIVE INTERACTIONS TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS (LM) 
Partner University Department: Scienze e gestione della natura 
Partner University Course Number: 88266