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Anthropology 124P -- The Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior Fall 2011 Monday & Wednesday 8:00-9:15 a.m. Haines 39 Professor Daniel M.T. Fessler Office: 390 Haines Hall Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or by appointment Email: [email protected]; tel. (310) 794-9252 The key to understanding human sexuality is to recognize that it is a problem in evolutionary biology -- Jared Diamond Introduction Sexuality is a ubiquitous theme across time and across cultures. Although there is considerable variation in sexual behavior around the world, such variation is built upon a panhuman sexual nature. Our sexual nature might be said to be one of the most important factors determining our experience of ourselves, and the structures of our societies. Darwinian theory provides a powerful means of understanding the origins and nature of human sexuality. In this course we will explore some of the many ways in which evolution has shaped our sexual bodies and our sexual minds. A word of warning This is a demanding course, intended for dedicated students who want to get the most out of a university education. We will be grappling with complex theory and state-of-the-art research. Much of the reading consists of journal articles and book chapters written for a professional scientific audience. This is not a titillating, casual survey of sex. If that is what you are looking for, you are strongly advised to drop the course.General Principles I encourage questions and comments, and will attempt to make time for them during lecture. However, extensive discussion will often not be possible in lecture due to the size of the class. You are welcome to visit me during office hours if you wish to discuss an issue in greater depth. Please note that many of the subjects covered in this course are of a sensitive nature. I make every effort to explore material in a manner that will not give offense, and I expect students to do likewise in their questions and comments. Please note that disclosing material of an intimate or personal nature is not appropriate.Feedback concerning these and other aspects of the course is always welcome, but is best conveyed outside of class. Grading In the interests of fairness, grades will be assigned on the basis of performance only – neither improvement nor effort will be taken into consideration, and no assignments not listed herein will be given or graded. Evaluation will be based on the following: a midterm exam, worth 35% of your grade; a final exam, worth 55% of your grade; and an unspecified number of pop quizzes, which together will