PSYCH 432 - Advanced Topics in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
Section: 001 Human Nature
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 335.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

What are the evolutionary origins of human behavior? This seminar will cover a range of topics using biological approaches to human behavior and psychology, including kinship, sexuality, violence, warfare, xenophobia, culture, and religion. Using a comparative approach, we will contextualize human behavior by examining studies of non-human primates, especially chimpanzees. We will also examine the breadth of human diversity across societies using ethnographic and experimental data from small-scale human societies (such as hunter-gatherers), as well as people from industrialized societies. Our goal is to use evolution as a framework for understanding this range of human behaviors.

Course Requirements:

Performance will be assessed through participation in discussion seminars, weekly written responses to readings, and a take-home essay-based final exam.

Class Format:

This course will consist primarily of in-class discussion and debate on assigned readings. Readings will consist of a mixture of empirical articles and review chapters; all readings be posted electronically.

PSYCH 432 - Advanced Topics in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Psych 432-001 is full at this time, but interested students who have taken one of the following may contact to be added to to a "paper waitlist." Psych 338/Anthrbio 368 Social Behavior of Primates I; Psych 337/Psych 438 Hormones and Behavior; Psych 437 Topic Title: Biopsychology of Cooperation (Aragona); Psych 487 Topic Title: Culture and Evolution (Ackerman);
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