Human Nature(s) (PSY4209.01)

Ronald Cohen; Elizabeth Sherman

This course will address recent developments in several fields (evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology among them) which have reinvigorated fundamental questions about humans, their conduct, and the cultures and societies they produce. We will examine several of these questions in detail: what is the nature of altruism? of aggression? of conflict? of reconciliation? What can be learned about human manifestations of these processes from examining them in non-human animals? What constraints does our evolutionary history place on current and future development, on individual persons and the societies they inhabit? What are the advantages, and what are the risks, in posing these questions?

Prerequisites: One 4000 level course in psychology, one 4000 level course in biology, and permission of instructor.
Credits: 4
T 10:10am - 12noon; F 10:10am - 12noon
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
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