PSYC215 - Evolutionary Psychology

10 cp
Prerequisites
PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology and PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
Teaching Organisation 3 hours contact per week over 12 weeks or equivalent

Understanding the underpinning of human behaviour and cognition is central to psychology. This unit will examine the effects of evolutionary processes on humans in an attempt to better understand why people think and behave in the ways that they do. In this unit you will be introduced to evolutionary psychology through a study of the major theories and research findings in the area. Topics will include mate choice, life–history constraints on reproduction, parental investment strategies, evolutionary explanations of cognitive processes and language, and evolutionary theories of individual differences, mental illness and culture. The aim of this unit is to provide you with an in–depth understanding of evolutionary psychology.