Dr. Reichler's Bio 301M Spring 2010   Homework #2 due in class on M 2/22

In class we discussed the lack of a biological definition of race.  There is no genetic evidence that can be used to define someone's origin.  Yet, race still dominates many facets of life in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.  Is race a useful concept?  Does defining and demarcating people by race help us?  If so, how?  Give specific examples of how the concept of race has been helpful.  If not, why not?  And if not, how can we change this tendancy to divide people into races?  What, if anything, would you use in place of race?  Support your reasons with facts and/or references.

To help us grade this assignment, please include your name and class time at the top of the first page:

Class (Bio 301M) and class time

Your name

Your essay (not to exceed three pages)

This assignment should not exceed 3 printed pages, and must be word-processed/typed.  It can be single- or double-spaced and whatever font that is still readable.

Be certain to cite any outside sources that you use.  Using outside sources is fine, but not citing those sources is plagiarism.  This homework will be graded on a scale of 0-1 points.  The typed/word-processed paper should be printed and turned in during class on Feb. 22I will subtract 0.2 points for each day late.

If you have any questions, please ask.