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Geoffrey C. Kushnick
BIO A 469
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biocultural Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or a more general area in biocultural anthropology. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description


This course surveys our understanding of parenting and childcare adaptations in humans. As such, its perspective is evolutionary, covering comparative, theoretical, and empirical aspects of these adaptations. Particular attention will be paid to whether an evolutionary approach helps us explain modern human diversity in parenting and childcare.

Specific topics that will be covered include: comparative perspectives on primate parenting; hormonal and other phsyiological adaptations for parenting; biocultural models of childcare adaptations in humans; infidelity and parenting; environmental uncertainty and parenting; parental investment and parent-offspring conflict theory; cooperative breeding in humans; adoption; and, more...

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, with some student presentations, activities, and discussions.

Recommended preparation

There are no formal pre-requisites for the course, but you will get the most out of it if you have some biology or biocultural anthropology courses under your belt.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Geoffrey C. Kushnick
Date: 10/24/2010