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Human Diversity Course Guide

This course examines human diversity in global perspective by considering how and why human beings vary physically and ways categories of difference are culturally constructed. Height, frame size, skin color, hair type, nose shape, tooth shape, cranio-facial structures, sex and gender, sexuality, distribution of fat, blood pressure – human beings vary in a myriad of ways.  But how and why do we vary? Are visible physical differences tied to other differences among people? Why do some types of difference take on significant meaning in some societies while others are meaningless?  Why do we sort ourselves into distinct groups based on physical differences and what are the real-life consequences of doing so? This class will explore what observable types and degrees of human variation mean and how they have been used to organize people and control access to resources.