There are huge primary and secondary literatures on evolution and society. Required reading will be kept to an acceptable level by combining the use of a single survey textbook with short extracts from relevant (mainly primary) sources.
[Bowler] = Bowler, Peter J. Evolution: The History of An Idea. 25th Anniversary ed. University of California Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780520261280.
Two other general texts that are also extremely useful are:
Larson, Edward J. Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory. Modern Library, 2004. ISBN: 9780679642886.
Miller, Kenneth R. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution. HarperCollins, 1999. ISBN: 9780060175931.
|1||Introduction and Course Overview|
|2||The Nature and Scope of the Historical Sciences||Chapter 1 in [Bowler].|
|3||Natural History and Natural Theology||
Chapter 2 in [Bowler].
Paley, William. Chapters 1 and 2 in Natural Theology. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780192805843.
|4||The Birth of Historical Geology||
Chapter 2 in [Bowler]. pp. 35–8.
Chapter 3 in [Bowler]. pp. 57–62.
Chapter 4 in [Bowler]. pp. 108–14.
Larson, Edward J. Chapter 1 in Bursting the Limits of Time. University Of Chicago Press, 2007, pp. 3–26. ISBN: 9780226731131. [Preview with Google Books]
|5||Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism||
Chapter 4 in [Bowler]. pp. 115–34.
Lyell, Charles. “Principles of Geology.” In The Victorian Age: An Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edited by Josephine M. Guy. Penguin Classics, 1998. ISBN: 9780140435283.
|6||“Victorian Sensation” – Chambers’ Vestiges||
Chapter 4 in [Bowler]. pp. 134–40.
Vestiges, available online at: Project Gutenberg [Dip in here and there, to get a feel for the text; don’t try to read it all!]
|7||Voyages of Exploration, Part I: Darwin||
Chapter 5 in [Bowler]. pp. 141–55.
Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. Penguin Classics, 1989, pp. 381–4, and 398–403. ISBN: 9780140432688.
|8||Voyages of Exploration, Part II: Wallace and Bates||
Wallace, Alfred Russel. “On the Law Which Has Regulated the Introduction of New Species.” (1855) [This is available online at: TopSCHOLAR at Western Kentucky University.]
|9||The Path to The Origin of Species||
Chapter 5 in [Bowler]. pp. 155–76.
The Darwin-Wallace papers (1858); available at: The Dispersal of Darwin.
|10||“Mr Darwin’s Hypotheses”||
[Bowler]. pp. 177–83.
Darwin, Charles. “Recapitulation and Conclusion.” Chapter 14 in Origin of Species. Empire Books, 2011. ISBN: 9781619491304. Available online at: talkorigins.org.
|11||Guest Lecture: Andrew Berry|
|12||The Reception of Darwinism||
Chapter 6 in [Bowler]. pp. 177–223.
Mini-biographies of key figures (to be circulated in class)
|13||The “Gospel of Evolution” in the Late-19th Century||
Chapter 8 in [Bowler]. pp. 274–324.
|14||Evolution and Eugenics||
[Bowler]. pp. 256–9, and 308–13.
Galton, Francis. “Hereditary Talent and Character.” Macmillan’s Magazine 12 (1865): 157–66, and 318–27. Available online at: Galton.org
|15||The “Eclipse of Darwinism” in Biology Around 1900||Chapter 7 in [Bowler]. pp. 224–60.|
|16||The “Eclipse of Darwinism” in the Social Sciences After 1900||
Boas, Franz. “Human Faculty as Determined by Race” and “Psychological Problems in Anthropology.” A Franz Boas Reader: The Shaping of American Anthropology. Edited by George W. Stocking. University Of Chicago Press, 1989, pp. 219–21, and 243–54. ISBN: 9780226062433. [Preview with Google Books]
Durkheim, Emile. “What is a Social Fact?” In Rules of Sociological Method: And Selected Texts on Sociology and Its Method. Edited by S. Lukes. Free Press, 1982, pp. 50–9. ISBN: 9780029079300.
|17||Evolution and the Rise of Christian Fundamentalism||
Larson, Edward J. Chapter 9 in Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory. Modern Library, 2006, pp. 199–218. ISBN: 9780812968491.
Scopes Trial, Darrow cross-examines Bryan; online at: http://www.beliefnet.com/news/science-religion/1999/12/clarence-darrows-examination-of-william-jennings-bryan-at-the-1925-scopes-trial.aspx
|18||Movie: Inherit the Wind|
|19||Darwinism, Mendelism and the Birth of the “Modern Synthesis”||Chapter 9 in [Bowler]. pp. 325–46.|
|20||Changing Understand of Human Origins||
Chapter 10 in [Bowler]. pp. 347–55.
Landau, Misia. “Human Evolution as Narrative.” (PDF) American Scientist 72 (1984): 262–8.
|21||Darwinism and Behavior: From Ethology to Sociobiology||
Chapter 10 in [Bowler]. pp. 353–66.
Wilson, E. O. “What is Sociobiology?” Sociobiology and Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Critique and Defense (1978): 1–12. Available online at: Pfeiffer University.
|22||The Creation Controversies: From “Scientific Creationism” to “Intelligent Design”||
Chapter 10 in [Bowler]. pp. 375–81.
McLean versus Arkansas Board of Education (1982), available on-line at: talkorigins.org.
Kitzmiller versus Dover Area School District, Decision of the Court, 31 December 2005; available on-line at:talkorigins.org.
Miller, Kenneth R. Finding Darwin’s God. Harper Perennial, 2007. ISBN: 9780061233500.
|24||Reclaiming Evolution for the Social Sciences: the New Evolutionary Psychology||
Cosmides, Leda, and John Tooby. “Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer.” 1997. Available online at: UC Santa Barbara: Center for Evolutionary Psychology.
|25||Evolutionary Humanism, from Julian Huxley to E.O. Wilson||Ira Flatow interview with E. O. Wilson about his book, The Creation, on NPR (8th September 2006), available on-line at: npr.org.|
|26||Stocktaking: What Makes Evolutionary Biology Special?|