课程信息
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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初级

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

建议:5 hours/week
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Globe

100% 在线课程

立即开始,按照自己的计划学习。
Beginner Level

初级

Clock

Approx. 13 hours to complete

建议:5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

字幕:English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course Evolution Today

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about Evolution. Before you start with this course we invite you to first take a look around and meet your fellow learners. We would like to know what brings you here and what you would like to get out of the course. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy studying in this course! ...
Reading
6 readings
Reading6 readings
Meet the instructors & the team2m
Welcome to Leiden University!3m
Complete our short survey10m
Study tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5m
Behaving in an academic way5m

2

Section
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2 hours to complete

Do we change?

In this module, you are going to learn that a very powerful mechanism, natural selection, leads to evolutionary change. We are going to have a detailed look at what is required for this natural selection. And, knowing these conditions, we can judge whether traits in humans are evolving at the moment. This is a surprisingly simple module. I am looking forward to discuss human evolution with you at the end!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 20 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Natural Selection4m
Natural Selection in the Field4m
Dialogue6m
Sexual selection4m
Reading5 readings
Evolution is Everywhere5m
Observe it with your own eyes!10m
Online lab simulated evolution10m
Eyes, HIV and Human Body Height10m
Science evolves5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Natural Selection2m
Natural Selection in the Field3m
Human Evolution2m
Sexual Selection4m
Test your knowledge10m

3

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2 hours to complete

How do we change?

This is a real puzzle-module. We are going to decipher the language of DNA, and see that mutations in this DNA lead to new variation. As we saw, variation is the raw material for natural selection. Thus, take your pen and pencil and unravel with me the code of your own DNA!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
DNA4m
Mutation4m
Dialogue2m
Evo-devo8m
Reading2 readings
Imperfect weasels10m
Gene Switches10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
E-tivity: translating a short human gene15m
E-tivity: mutations in human genes15m
E-tivity: playing with Hox-genes5m
Test your knowledge15m

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5 hours to complete

Who is this "we" anyway?

In the first two modules, we have asked ourselves whether we experience evolutionary change, and if so, how this change comes about. In this module, we will explore who this "we" is anyway: is it us, the individual? Is it our species? Our genes? Who is in charge here?...
Reading
6 videos (Total 35 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
Levels of Organization4m
Selfish Units8m
Supressing Selfishness6m
Promoting Collaboration7m
Discussion7m
Reading5 readings
The false allure of group selection by Steven Pinker30m
Distinguishing between Selfish DNA and The Selfish Gene10m
Selfish cells30m
Video lecture on behavioral evolution by Robert Sapolsky30m
Green beards and eusociality in the Red Imported Fire Ant20m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Units of Selection5m
The Good of the Species5m
Single Round Prisoner's Dilemma5m
Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma10m
Hamilton's rule5m
Test your knowledge30m

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3 hours to complete

How have we (and haven't we) changed?

In this module, we will take a look at the limitations to evolution. Despite the strength of the process of natural selection, some things simply are not possible. Evolution has to play by the rules, and this module will explore what those rules are....
Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Contingencies6m
Trade-offs and Compromises5m
Evolutionary Inertia4m
Reading2 readings
Contingencies10m
Interview with Dr. Paul Ewald10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Similarity and relatedness2m
"Living fossils" and evolutionary inertia4m
Test your knowledge12m

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5 hours to complete

How will we change?

In this module, we will have a look at the future. How will humans evolve, and, as our impact on the world increases, how will we affect the evolution of other organisms?...
Reading
5 videos (Total 27 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
The Future Evolution of Humans6m
Human-Induced Rapid Evolutionary Change (HIREC)6m
Novel Ecosystems5m
Evolutionary Thinking6m
Reading5 readings
Current evolution in humans10m
Videos on fast evolution in guppy fish10m
Op-ed on novel ecosystems from the New York Times10m
An evolutionary computer game ("Niche")10m
Complete our short survey10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Selection in humans today2m
Cities and caves2m
Tele-coupling2m
Test your knowledge12m
Final Exam of the Course40m
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Top Reviews

By YYSep 7th 2017

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

By MCSep 14th 2017

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

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

About Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis is the natural history museum of the Netherlands and the national research institute in biodiversity. We collect, conserve and study animals, plants and rocks. Our collection now contains 37 million objects and that makes it one of the largest in the world. And it is still growing each day thanks to the worldwide fieldwork of our researchers and many amateur scientists....

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