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Course : Evolutionary Psychology

Course Number
PSYC 4223
Section Number
101
Semester
Spring 2020
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall, 102
Professor
Dr. Don Knox
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Friday, May 08, 2020 12:00 am
  • Define Evolved Psychological Mechanisms
  • Be able to evaluate topics such as Sex and mating, how we parent, global kinship patterns, war and aggression, jealousy, and dominance hierarchies in terms of evolutionary psychology.
  • Understand that Evolutionary Psychology is another theory in psychology that helps us to explain human behavior as an adaptation.

This course will examine the mechanisms of the human mind through the understanding of evolutionary psychology.  We will evaluate the origins of many models of behavior (many still expressed by cultures still relatively untouched by “civilization”) that attempt to explain our current lives.  Topics such as Sex and mating, how we parent, global kinship patterns, war and aggression, jealousy, and dominance hierarchies will be discussed as incorporated from outside readings along with the required texts.  Finally, this course will attempt to use evolutionary psychology as a unifying theme for the many related field of science

Course requirements: (Note – the journal assignments have to be turned in using D2L). 

 

  1. Exams: Four Exams (total of 70%)

 

  1. Journal reviews: Three Journal reviews (total of 15%) Due 9/30, 10/28, 12/2

 

  1. Group Presentation/Personal Paper:  Group poster presentation and individual paper (total of 15% of grade)

 

GRADING SCALE:

 

4 Exams – 700 points (Exams 1 -3 200 points each; Exam 4 100 points)

3 Journal Reviews – 150

Presentation  - 150

 

                                                                                                 

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE                1000 pts                                  

                                                                                               

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