Evolution of Human Behavior
ANTH 156 (Call No. 30062) Spring 2009
Lecture TR 3.00-4.15 PM
Dr. Roger Sullivan
Wednesday 9.00-12.00, or by appointment.
ANTH156. Evolution of Human Behavior. Introduction to the application of evolutionary theory to human
behavior and psychology. Reviews and contrasts contemporary perspectives of human behavioral
evolution with emphasis on insights from the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Topics include
human behavior and cognition as adaptations, "selfish genes," game theory, evolution of social behavior,
evolution of altruism, human mating strategies, parenting, behavioral disorders, evolution of the life cycle,
human behavioral ecology, Darwinian medicine, and evolutionary psychology. Prerequisite: ANTH 001,
BIO 010, BIO 011, or PSYC 001 recommended. 3 units.
1. Cartwright J. 2008. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2nd Edition. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
2. Dawkins R. 1976/1999. The Selfish Gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gangestad SW, Simpson JA. 2007. The Evolution of Mind. New York: The Guilford Press.
required for graduate students
Available on LOCUS
and at the Reserve Book Room.
ANTH 156 is reading and writing intensive with the objective of encouraging critical thinking about, and
engagement with, the course content. Assessment consists of one essay (25%), three written exams
(75%), and consideration of your class participation and record of attendance. Course materials include
substantial required reading and you are expected to read the assigned articles before
class so that you
can participate in class discussion.
The essay will address a question about the history of ideas about human behavior, or about the
evolution of human behavioral adaptations. A choice of essay questions/topics and further details will be
provided on the class webpage (see address above). The essay is due in class on Tuesday May 5.
LATE ESSAYS ACCEPTED.
The essay will be a minimum
of six and maximum
of eight double-spaced pages, 12-point font, 1"
references and title page. For graduate students
only, the essay will be a minimum
ten and maximum
of twelve double-spaced pages