ANTHRBIO 467 - Human Behavioral Ecology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
A strong background in the natural sciences is assumed, including any two of the following courses: ANTHRBIO 161, 368; BIOLOGY 162, 171, 172; MCDB 404; EEB 494.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This lecture and lab course aims to presents a synthetic account of the evolution of human traits using an adaptationist approach. The large brains and powerful cognitive abilities of humans are viewed as adaptations to a co-evolving complex social environment, rather than as adaptations to a non-social environment (e.g., tool technology, hunting, extractive foraging), or side-effects of other 'trends' (e.g., allometry), or the result solely of sexual selection for 'good genes'. In particular, humans have evolved to cooperate in complex ways — in order to compete with each other (as coalition against coalition) for resources, power, and ultimately reproduction. We also will cover the evolution of such associated physiological, psychological, and cultural phenomena as group living, concealed ovulation, sexuality and mate choice, male parental investment, infant altriciality, learning ability, emotional expression, reciprocity, 'theory of mind', morality, war, business, science, and the demographic transition. We will read mostly from the primary scientific literature (in a course pack), both theoretical and empirical, in order to learn what evolutionary hypotheses have been applied to humans, how these hypotheses have been tested, and to think critically and scientifically about claims about humans. A weekly lab provides hands-on experience of selection, demography, life history, and games of cooperation. Evaluation will be via a midterm, several short essays, lab exercises, and a term paper.

ANTHRBIO 467 - Human Behavioral Ecology
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Lab section time will be chosen after classes begin.
002 (LAB)
Note: Lab section time will be chosen after classes begin.
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