This course examines how human thinking, motivation, behavior, and social relationships can be understood from the perspective that many aspects of human behavior involve sets of processes designed by natural selection to solve adaptive problems faced by our evolutionary ancestors. Key topics may include: problems of survival, long-term mating, sexuality, parenting, kinship, cooperation, aggression and warfare, conflict between the sexes, status, prestige, social dominance, and how evolutionary theory can provide a unified approach to understanding the different branches of psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 1200 and PSY 3100 or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with PSY 5207.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.
Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017