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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 227 Insects and Human Society

This course will bridge a gap between discrete areas of inquiry, namely sub-disciplines of biology (entomology) and anthropology. The primary emphasis will be the significance of insects in the lives of humans, both their negative impacts and the positive ones that are so frequently overlooked. In addition to learning about the biology of insects, this course will address the nature of our competition with insects for food and natural materials, the extent and severity of insect-borne diseases, insects as pollinators and subjects of scientific study, and how insects have influenced art, economics, etc. Writing will be a central component of this seminar. Writing assignments and activities will supplement course content and provide opportunities for students to improve their writing via practice and feedback, to learn how to provide effective peer critiques, and to learn how to edit one’s own work.