Behavioral Genetics for Social Scientists

The DNA revolution is coming of age also in the social sciences. The purpose of this course is to introduce students, without a biology or chemistry background, to the basic concepts needed to understand genomics and how to apply these ideas in their own field of study. Topics to be covered include Mendelian Genetics, Quantitative Genetics QTL (twin studies, heritability), Basics of Molecular Genetics, Complex Traits- Relationship between Phenotype and Genotype, Nature and Nurture, Epigenetics, Imaging genetics, Personality Genetics, Social Behavior, Addiction, Mental Disorders & Human Diversity.

Modular Credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-6.5
Prerequisite(s): Completed 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132 and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week