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Life Sciences 15 - Life: Concepts and Issues (Fall 2007, UCLA). Instructor: Professor Jay Phelan.

This is a General Education Course introducing non-Life Science Majors to the Life Sciences, challenging them to explore and understand important issues in the field. Topics include chemistry of life, genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology - all explored in lecture and debates.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Science as a Religion Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Nurturing Nature: the Power of Culture Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – What did Mendel Discover? Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Modern Genetics and Biotechnology: DNA Fingerprinting Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Kindness to Our Kin Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Friend and Foe are Fluid Categories Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Unexpected Conflict, Unexpected Cooperation Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Proteins, Carbs, and Fats: the Molecules of Life Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Extracting Fuel from Food: Digestion Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Nutrition and Health Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Trouble with Testosterone: Hormones and Sex Differences Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Eggs are Big, Sperm are Small, and Men are Dogs Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Polygamy and Monogamy among the Animals Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Neurons and Brains Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Sensory Systems, Why are Drugs so Good? Caffeine: a Case Study Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Culture at Its Best? Technology’s Influence on Our Biology Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Happiness Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Review Unlimited

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