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Henry F Lyle Iii
BIO A 470
Seattle Campus

Evolution of Human Social Behavior

Key concepts, research strategies, and debates concerning the processes and outcomes of human behavioral evolution. Emphasizes the complementarily of various methods and theories for understanding human biocultural evolution, including behavioral ecology, dual transmission theory, phylogentic analysis, and evolutionary psychology. Prerequisite: BIO A 201.

Class description

This course will cover several topics in the study of human social behavior, including cooperation, social networks, parenting behavior, reproductive strategies, and sex differences. We will explore several paradigms that approach these and other topics in human behavior, including human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, and gene-culture coevolutionary theory. *There are NO prerequisites for this class.

Student learning goals

Understanding of the evolutionary process

Knowledge of debates in the evolutionary social sciences

Familiarity with current issues in the evolution of human social behavior

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, student presentations

Recommended preparation

There are NO prerequisites for this class

Class assignments and grading

Short papers, take-home assignments, presentation

Short papers, take-home assignments, presentation


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.
Last Update by Henry F Lyle Iii
Date: 03/02/2012