FSEM1010-09.FSEM: Humans at High Altitude.F16.Farris,Michael
FSEM: Humans at High Altitude
Academic Term and Year
Area of Study
Mountains were believed to be the home of spirits or demons in many cultures. The mystical experiences reported by early high-altitude travelers were caused by lack of oxygen, or hypoxia. The goal of this class is to explore how a simple environmental factor (oxygen) influences human function and human populations. We will first examine the biological effects of hypoxia and the ways in which the body changes in response to lack of oxygen. We will then explore how hypoxia has influenced human geography, evolution, social structure, and culture. This course is designed for non-scientists, and we will emphasize techniques that allow non-scientists to understand and utilize scientific information.
Farris, Michael, "FSEM1010-09.FSEM: Humans at High Altitude.F16.Farris,Michael" (2016). Syllabi. 11475.