Henry F Lyle Iii
BIO A 477
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.
This course will consider what the evolutionary social sciences can tell us about sex and gender roles in humans, both past and present. This class will approach a range of issues in the study of sex and gender roles from an evolutionary perspective, including human mate choice, parenting behavior, aggression, risk taking, reproductive strategies, sexual conflict, paternal care, attractiveness, and homosexuality. There is NO prerequisite for this class.
Student learning goals
Knowledge of biological and cultural explanations for sex differences and gender roles
Familiarity with evolutionary research (past and present) on sex/gender differences
Understanding of the evolutionary process
General method of instruction
lecture & class discussion
Class assignments and grading
Essay(s) & article review(s)
Essay(s), article review(s), exam & participation