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Course Description

Hon 232: Your Inner Ape Some seven million years ago, one lineage of African apes took a divergent path that led to the evolution of humans. But just how different are we from other apes? This class examines the behavioral, anatomical, and genetic similarities and differences between humans and our closest relatives, the apes, in order to explore the boundaries of human uniqueness. 

The course will be divided into four sections, each of which will incorporate hands-on classroom exercises exposing students to the techniques used by evolutionary anthropologists and biologists to understand human evolution from a comparative perspective. The first unit of the course will review the basic biology and geographic distribution of living apes, and introduce the techniques used to understand evolutionary processes. The second part of the class will be devoted to investigating the similarities and differences between humans and apes in terms of behavior. The third unit will use the comparative method and the fossil record to reconstruct how distinctive human anatomical and physiological complexes evolved. The course will conclude by exploring how both genes and environment play a role in explaining human uniqueness. 

As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions, and methodologies of the Natural Sciences.


The GSI hired for this position will lead two discussion sections of the larger faculty-led lecture course, and will work closely with the faculty member to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a graduate or professional program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a PhD program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory science courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at with questions. Applications are due by April 30, 2019 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.