Sara L. Wyckoff
Introduction to evolution by natural selection, examining the light it can throw on human biology and behavior in such areas as the nature of sex differences, sexual conflict, and conflict between parents and children. Does not fulfill major requirements. Offered: jointly with BIO A 100.
Human behavior is based on biological capacities inherited from our ape ancestors. In this class we examine the phylogenetic roots of our behavior and also contrast the differences between us and apes, especially in the areas of language and social interaction, based primarily on neurological differences.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Reading, lecture and discussion
We will start with the basics of evolution, no need for prior knowledge.
Class assignments and grading
Readings and essays.
Criterion based grading.