Potential ideas of topics to be included in syllabus:
Impact of genetics on leadership, rule and governance: inbreeding and the Hapsburg chin; Hemophilia, Queen Victoria, her grand-daughter Czarina Alexandra, Czar Nicolas II, Alexei, Rasputin and the Russian communist revolution.
Rise of the sugar trade, the "sweet tooth" and the rise of slavery.
Rise of the Spice trade, connection to anti-bacterials and food preservation.
Impact of chocolate and cacao cultivation
Caffeine/Nicotine addiction and role in industrial revolution.
Smallpox/Measles, depopulation of new world and European colonization—impact on Aztec and Inca Empires, North American tribes, Central Amazonian empires.
“Evil” genes, socio-pathology, mental illness and the rise of Hitler/Stalin/Mao.
Yellow fever and impact on French colonization of the New World--Haitian revolution, Louisiana Purchase and expansion of the US.
Malaria and the colonization of Africa—“white man's graveyard”.
HIV/Malaria and impact on African development.
Darwinian evolution, social Darwinism, eugenics and the rise, development and fall of Nazism.
Role of crop fungus “blight” on the course of the Salem witch trials episode.
Climate change and the rise and fall of Mongol/Roman/other Empires.
Climate change (“Little Ice Age”) and the “Dark Ages”.
Climate change and fall of Maya city states.
Mystery illnesses/mental health—Henry IV
Parting of the Red Sea, Noah's flood, this one in China? It would be about going backwards from written legends about pre-writing events? Geologists etc are showing us the kernel of truth in all these legends? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/china-great-flood-xia-emperor-yu.html?_r=0
Impact of disease transmission on the course of human evolution: Neanderthals may have died of diseases carried by humans from Africa https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/10/neanderthals-may-have-died-of-diseases-carried-by-humans-from-africa
Impact of invasives on the course of civilization: pigs, rats, earthworms.....
Impact of technology on ecology and feedback on civilization: DDT, modern pesticide use?, agriculture.....