ANTHRBIO 467 - Human Behavioral Ecology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
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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 course considers the anthropological significance of recent advances in natural selection theory. Particular topics include: cooperation, reciprocity, inclusive fitness, sexual selection, mating systems, and parental investment. Students will read the primary scientific literature to learn how anthropologists test evolutionary hypotheses in varied geographic and cultural contexts (for example, Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay, Dogon agriculturalists of Mali, Kipsigi pastoralists of Kenya, 19th century Europeans, and contemporary North Americans). Natural selection theory will also be used to probe the field of human reproductive ecology, with emphasis on the demographic transition, historical demography, the evolution of menstruation, and female fecundabilily. In addition to exams, students will write a term paper in which they hone their ability to discriminate among alternative view points using both qualitative and quantitative data.

ANTHRBIO 467 - Human Behavioral Ecology
Schedule Listing
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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Coursepack Location:
The coursepack will be available in CTOOLS. The assigned chapters of  
The Selfish Gene will be available in CTOOLS, but students are encouraged to read the entire book.
ISBN: 0192860925
The selfish gene, Author: Richard Dawkins., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press Reissued i 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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