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MMB8047 : Evolution and Human Behaviour

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide students with a core understanding of evolutionary theory and biology, designed specifically for students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in behavioural sciences. The module will give students an understanding of the historical context of evolutionary theory through a brief history of evolutionary biology, and progress into a detailed understanding of the modern synthesis and associated concepts. Finally, the course will engage the students in applying these concepts to human behaviour in particular, covering current research in behavioural ecology, evolutionary medicine and cultural evolution. As well as providing a primer for the core concepts of modern evolutionary theory and practice, the course situates evolutionary biology in a wider context, covering the historical development of evolutionary theory, its philosophical ramifications, and its impacts and applications in the human social, behavioral and health sciences. The module is primarily designed as a unifying thread for the MRes strand in Evolution and Human Behaviour, but students from other strands are welcome and will not be at a disadvantage.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will start with an introductory session and then include material on the following topics, delivered as lectures:
o       Principles of evolutionary biology
o       History of life and the hominid line
o       Variation and Heredity
o       Competition and Selection
o       Population genetics
o       Genetics and behaviour
o       Cooperation, competition and game theory
o       Plasticity and learning
o       Language and communication
o       Gene-culture co-evolution
o       Cultural evolution
o       Complex systems and collective behaviour

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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