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Evolution Today , Universiteit Leiden

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About this Course

In this course you will learn how evolution works. You will develop an understanding of evolutionary processes and their formative power. You will see how evolution has shaped biodiversity, and continuously influences our daily life. Evolution impacts human endeavors as varied as medicine, agriculture, psychology, economy, and culture. It is the major unifying principle for biology and a fundamental natural law. In five weeks we will make evolution accessible for you and help you to recognize evolutionary processes around you, in nature as well as in society. We make use of the unique collection of Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, but also take you to the field. Using classical and up-to-date examples, we will show you how scientists address evolutionary questions. In the last module, we will have a look at the future. How will humans evolve? And how do we influence our own evolution and that of other organisms? This course is aimed at anybody with a drive to obtain a deeper, broader, and pragmatic understanding of evolution, including high-school students, BSc (undergraduate) biology students, MSc (graduate) students from other disciplines, medical professionals, conservation officers and educators in museums, libraries, national parks, and schools....

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By YY

Sep 07, 2017

Excellent course! REALLY informative and the exercise questions are helpful in understanding the concepts!

By VV

May 29, 2017

Interesting, good examples and case study, whole content of the course is good.

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By Emiel de Jonge

Jul 06, 2018

This course is very interesting. It explains most aspects of evolution in a great way. There even is some practical work in it. The also go in the field to show some observations in nature. They are engaging and very clear in their speech.

By Shrikar Phani Modukuri

May 24, 2018

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By Richard Kouzes

May 12, 2018

Very interesting class

By DC

Apr 30, 2018

Very good course, though the sequencing of aminos in a protein was a bit sadistic.

By matthew symes

Mar 16, 2018

This course on evolution is not the best course on evolution I have taken. This is by some margin as well.

It's not that it's a really bad course, it's just it really not structured very well and does not flow. The course content is not explained in fine enough detail.

There are links to resources in the graded exams because, apparently, the place to learn information is not in the lectures but when taking the actual exams.

By Philip Harris

Jan 25, 2018

A good course with interesting information. The only issue was on genetic codes.Cordons should have been marked off for ease of answering questions, a few of which were poorly worded. But overall, very good.

By Sharell Bas

Dec 19, 2017

This course really made me think about evolution. :) Would recommend this course!

By Marta Kazic

Nov 03, 2017

not overly demanding so far but really interactive and interesting. 5/5

By Gabriel Antonio Ponti

Oct 03, 2017

No es muy interesante el sector de los aminoacidos.

By Marcus Vinicius Bonafé Cabral

Sep 14, 2017

Sensacional, muito bom. Mas poderia estar na língua portuguesa, traduzido para o português do Brasil.