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Donna Leonetti
BIO A 477
Seattle Campus

Evolutionary Perspectives on Sex and Gender Roles

Critical examination of theories explaining the evolution of sex differences and associated gender roles. Consideration of gender differences in mate preferences, parental investment, subsistence, aggressiveness, and risk-taking. Stresses interactions between biology and culture. Prerequisite: BIO A 201.

Class description

Critical examination of theories explaining the evolution of sex differences and associated gender roles. Consideration of gender differences in mate preferences, parental investment, subsistence, aggressiveness, and risk-taking. Stresses interactions between biology and culture. Prerequisite: BIO A 201

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

A review of topics related to sexual selection, sexual conflict and cooperation, and their impact on sex differences and gender in humans. Some consideration will be given to what we can learn regarding sex differences in behaviors from non-human primates. We will look at mating systems, sperm competition, mate choice, parental care, aggression and cooperation in relation to sex and gender. Lecture, class activities and discussion

Recommended preparation

Leave your romantic stereotypes at home.

Class assignments and grading

Short essays. Readings from articles and books.

Class participation and written work.


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 Donna Leonetti
Date: 02/13/2006