The Evolution of Creationism
Critically Appraising Intelligent Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Saint Xavier University
This PBL case on Intelligent Design was written for freshman biology majors at a Christian liberal arts college. Students read about the claims and actions of proponents of Intelligent Design as they work for its inclusion in the high school science curriculum. In the process, students learn about the nature of science and the importance of evolution in the field of biology. More advanced students are given the task of critically evaluating one specific (and much cited) claim made by Intelligent Design supporters that the irreducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum suggests it cannot be the product of evolution.
- Investigate and report the claims and criticisms of Intelligent Design (ID).
- Read about the actions of ID proponents as they work for inclusion of ID in high school science curricula.
- Review the nature and limits of science.
- Describe the importance of evolution in the field of biology.
- (Advanced option) Critically evaluate one specific ID claim: that the irreducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum suggests that it cannot be the product of evolution.
KeywordsIntelligent design; creationism; evolution; irreducible complexity; bacterial flagellum; science curriculum
Topical AreasPseudoscience, Scientific argumentation
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, General public & informal education, Faculty development
Type / MethodsProblem-Based Learning
Subject HeadingsEvolutionary Biology | Biology (General) | Science (General) | Science Education | Teacher Education |