Honours course: Evolutionary Origin of Life and its Driving Forces

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Doel vak

1. To deepen the student's understanding of the various models of the
'origin of life' and the experimental approaches, the early evolution
of life-forms, eukaryotization, speciation, and evolutionary mechanisms.
2. To promote discussions on all topics related to evolution and its
application to various aspects of behavior in modern man.

Inhoud vak

Course topics:
a. From matter to life and the first genetic material
b. Theories for the origin and early evolution of life
c. Mutual effects of life on geology and climate
d. The RNA world
e. From prokaryotes to the eukaryotic cell
f. Lateral gene transfer, evolution of organelles
g. Suprises in the tree of life
h. 'Extreme' life forms
h. Human behaviour explained from an evolutionary perspective


In small meetings, the topics will be introduced by an expert and
further explored in a ‘round-table’ discussion. Students are expected to
study the handed-out papers and to actively participate. Each student
will write an essay, and give an oral presentation.


Written exam (50%), Oral presentation (25%), Essay (25%)

Vereiste voorkennis

Basic knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and evolution at the BSc


Scientific articles


Students of Faculty of Science's Honours program: Life sciences
programs, Earth Sciences, and Earth and Economy.

Overige informatie

The course will be given every second year (forthcoming course in 2020),
January through April, in weekly evening classes, 17.00 – 20.00 h (16
sessions). The course is organized in thematic blocks, each block
consisting of a number of sessions dealing with a specific aspect and
involving introductory lectures, discussion about scientific articles
and guest lectures. Students are challenged to demonstrate their
insights into evolutionary mechanisms by giving a presentation on a
topic of their choice; this presentation is moderated by another

Algemene informatie

Vakcode A_HP001
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode Ac. Jaar (sept)
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Vakcoördinator dr. J.M. Kooter
Examinator dr. J.M. Kooter
Docenten dr. J.M. Kooter

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