Syllabus - Economics 106 UCSC Spring 2008 Dan Friedman...

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Economics 106 Spring 2008 UCSC Dan Friedman Evolutionary Thought in the Social Sciences The course covers evolutionary thought from Malthus to the present. It includes biological evolutionary theory since Darwin, but the emphasis is on the evolution of human social behavior and institutions. Non-genetic evolutionary mechanisms such as learning, resource redistribution and entry/exit are studied as well as the genetic mechanism. Students are expected to have already completed upper-division coursework in a Social Sciences major or in another relevant major such as Biology or Philosophy. The course will be reading intensive. It is also writing-intensive and fulfills the campus W requirement. Regular attendance is mandatory, since the format will involve intensive class discussions as well as lecture. Students will be evaluated primarily on a term paper applying the course material (and knowledge from the student’s major) to a topic of interest (about 50% of the overall grade).
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