Summer 2019 - PSYC 385 D100

Evolution and Psychology (3)

Class Number: 5498

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Topics such as altruism, parental care, mate choice, sex differences in behavior, aggression, dominance and territoriality are considered from an evolutionary perspective. The role of heredity and environment in the development of these behaviors is also discussed.

COURSE DETAILS:

In this course, we will examine the extent to which evolutionary theory can serve as a satisfactory explanation for human behaviour. Short answer: it can. Longer answer: it definitely can. Even longer answer: well, let's not be too hasty. To help us understand how and why, we will review and apply the main evolutionary theories in play in the behavioural sciences. We will also discuss a variety of topics from an evolutionary perspective, such as sex, death, sociality, the family, religion, popular culture, and the meaning of life.

Grading

  • Mid-Term Exam: 30%
  • Writing Assignments: 40%
  • Final Exam: 30%

NOTES:

Intersession Final Exam Date:  June 24, 2019 2:30 - 4:20 pm Room:  AQ 3153

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

There is no textbook for this course. The readings will be available through the course Canvas site.

Registrar Notes:

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