PSY3002 : Evolutionary Psychology and Medicine
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Charlton
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To provide an overview and systematic understanding of Evolutionary Psychology, especially in relation to human health and Medicine
Evolutionary Psychology is the application of evolutionary biology to understanding human behaviour.
The human mind has evolved in response to selection pressures acting over many past generations, and this has shaped the way that modern humans think, behave and function.
This module combines an examination of evolutionary theories with their application to a range of health and medical themes, including psychiatric symptoms and disorders – how these may have evolved, relevance to treatment, and their possible adaptive significance.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics covered (1 hour lectures with informal discussion and quizzes)
• Natural selection
• Evolutionary Psychology
• Evolutionary/ Darwinian medicine
• Human ancestral environment
• Agriculture and recent human evolution
• Family size
• Incest avoidance
• Maternal instincts and infanticide
• Breast feeding (co-sleeping)
• Crying babies (colic)
• Step parenting
• The Paleolithic Diet
• Dietary preferences – junk food
• Disgust and hygiene
• Hunger and satiety
1. Sugar, diabetes and evolution
2. Anxiety and female psychology
3. Homicide, violence and male psychology
4. Psychoactive drugs and drug addiction
5. Psychological diseases and disorders of civilization (mismatch, averages, compromises)
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Formal lectures plus informal classroom discussions and tests present an overview and specific examples of the subject area, with reference to alternative perspectives.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||100||Required to answer two questions from a choice of four|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Unseen essay examination (two questions from an open choice of four) is used to allow students to demonstrate both the accuracy and extent of their factual knowledge, and – by their organization of material – abstract systematic understanding of topics in an objective and rigorous manner.
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.
The form of assessment will not vary from the original.