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Leila M. Porter
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

A review of topics related to sexual selection and its impact on sex differences and gender in human and non-human primates. We will look at mating systems, sperm competition, mate choice, parental care, aggression and cooperation in regards to sex and gender.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, class activities and discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short essays Readings from articles and books


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 Leila M. Porter
Date: 10/27/2003