BIOL190-2: Freshman Seminar:Biology

Topic: Biology of Elite Sport

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
1462 Clifton Rd 113
Cafferty, Patrick
Appropriate for First Year students.

Fall and spring. Freshmen only. Variable topics.

This course does NOT count for the Biology major and is for Freshmen only.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

In the world of high-performance athletics, captivating stories are widely broadcast by commentators, repeated to athletes by coaches, and spread quickly among players and fans leading to a multitude of commonly accepted "truths". This course begins by examining the biological evidence behind a number of widely held beliefs of elite athletes. By studying the relationship of deliberate practice and high-level athletic performance, whether Kenyan athletes have an "endurance gene", and if performance gaps between men and women might disappear over time, students will learn critical thinking skills and how to evaluate evidence from a biological perspective. Next, students will apply these skills to examine topics of their choosing for presentation and discussion with the class. At the end of this Freshman Seminar, students will be able to think critically about and evaluate the evidence behind stories they hear from athletes, spectators, reporters, and trainers involved in high-level sport.

  1. David Epstein
    The Sports Gene (Penguin Random House)

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