What does it mean to be human? Are we spiritual creatures, or strictly genetically determined, or maybe both? These questions, and many others, will be addressed in this course as it invites students to engage with a broad array of historical texts on human nature. These texts cover religious, philosophical, psychological and biological accounts of what human beings are, or could be. Students are encouraged to reflect on core themes, arguments and knowledge claims in these texts and how they relate to the historical contexts in which they were originally expressed, as well as the relevance of these perspectives for how we understand ourselves today. The course is taught primarily in the form of short video introductions, online seminar discussions, and essay writing.