Game of Evolution

Game of Evolution

We will examine aspects of connectivity between ENVS 203 (Introduction to Environmental Studies, Humanities) and ANTH 274 (Animals and People) in this ten-week exploratory College Connections course. We will also explore ways in which Anthropology and Environmental Studies are connected, and discuss the history of our relationships with animals and the environment, our co-evolution, our impacts to animals and the environment, and their impacts on us. All of these include positive/beneficial and negative/harmful components. We will connect biological and cultural approaches as we explore the many ways humans are connected to each other, to animals, and to our environments. In doing so, we strive to provide you with the critical thinking skills to evaluate connectivity between our two FIG classes, and between any courses that you will take here at the UO. Biology and culture are connected. What is a pet? What is food? Who owns the forest? Who manages the land? How do we justify use and misuse? What, if anything, can change? These may seem like simple questions, but the answers is not universal. Answers have changed over time, and between place/cultures. In the end, we hope you will have a better understanding for the complexity of our relationships with animals and environments, and the urgency for our engagement ideologies, conflicts, and solutions. 

Another major focus will be in providing you with tools and resources for you to excel in each of your courses by exploring connections and utilizing resources to help you excel as a student at the University of Oregon. We want you to have a positive and productive time while at the UO in regards to your academic and career paths, but also in regards to your personal experiences on Campus and in our larger community. Alex and I have survived the trials and tribulations of being a first year student in a new place, and we have learned a lot along the way. We want to provide you the opportunity to acquire skills that help you anticipate and address some of the challenges you might face as a student, and in preparation of your career and life goals. As such, we will explore some of the important resources at the University which will provide you with spaces and avenues for developing beneficial study skills, good academic planning, motivation, and personalized career paths.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

ANTH 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

ANTH 274 Animals and People - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course will introduce students to the various fields of human wildlife interactions in human evolution across cultures worldwide. We examine the role of animals in religious beliefs, traditional medicine, conservation, zoos and rehabilitation facilities, biomedical research, and human wildlife conflict management. We analyze how science is being used to address issues related to human-animal interaction, we explore aspects of hypothesis testing using date from the primary literature, and explore the change of methods over time and in different cultures.

ENVS 203 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Humanities - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

In this course we will learn about what the Humanities are, as an interdisciplinary field, and how Humanities methods and research contribute to environmental thought and action. The class involves reading and research but also creativity and innovation. It is a lab in which we will think together about the possible futures of our stressed planet and how to harness imagination in the service of sustainability.