85525 - Biodiversity and Biocultural Dynamics of Human Population

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  • Teacher Donata Luiselli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD BIO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage (cod. 9237)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Reduced inequalities Climate Action Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This course provides the basic knowledge and methodologies of analysis about biodiversity and dynamics of human settlement through a biological, ecological and biocultural approach. At the end of the course the student will acquire appropriate skills for a correct understanding of biocultural and biogeographic history of human populations and also factors and meaning of their biological and ethnic diversity, useful for a conscious approach in international relations and multicultural societies.

Course contents

  1. Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective

  2. Human diversity: biological and not biological causes

  3. An introduction to genetics: genetics, geography and human variation

  4. Human biological variability: mechanisms that create and pattern this variability.

  5. Human adaptability, the geographical distribution of diversity, migrations and admixture

  6. The role of Climate, diet and pathogens : biocultural approaches to health and diet

  7. Co-evolution between nature and culture in human evolution

  8. Races and Inter-Mixing, Nationalities, Cultures, Castes, Classes and Religions



  • Elise J. Sobo. Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach, 2013 Taylor and Francis, UK


Scientific papers will be suggested during the course

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

A written test with 10 questions (multiple-choice and open questions).  Each answer has a value up to 3 scores and in the case of complete answers, the student will achieve the full mark cum Laude.

Teaching tools

Slides and PC 

Office hours

See the website of Donata Luiselli