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PSYK3516 Evolutionary Psychology, 25 ECTS

Learning outcomes

The minor subject aims to provide students with:
An understanding of how evolutionary theory can provide a framework for the study of psychology and behavior in both human and non-human species.
How different areas (psychology, economics, law, medicine, anthropology, linguistic etc.) are using evolutionary theory to develop their own science.
Become well acquainted with the kinds of questions evolutionary psychologists ask and the methods used to answer these questions. Become well acquainted with how human beings are similar to, and different from, other animals in terms of our mental capacities and behaviour.
Understand the reasoning processes used by evolutionary psychologists to arrive at particular conclusions regarding human animal behavior and mind

Content

This minor subject program provides an exciting opportunity to study Evolutionary Psychology as a minor first time in history in Northern Europe! The new field of evolutionary psychology is the application of evolutionary theory to the study of human behavior and the brain that generates our thoughts, feelings, and actions. This field is growing rapidly, and has attracted widespread interest from people in many fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, economics and law. It claims to present a new and different way of understanding things like the family and family conflict, relationships between the two sexes, group cooperation, crime, mate preferences, xenophobia and racism. The systematic application of evolutionary theory can also assist the progress of neuroscience by providing better theoretical foundations for an understanding of the adaptive design and functional requirements of evolved brain structures and neural architecture. This course is particularly suited to all students in life sciences, medical sciences, behavioral sciences, economics, law and social sciences who are interested in finding out how principles from evolutionary biology can provide a framework for the scientific study of human psychology and behaviour.

Compulsory courses:
PSYK3511 Principles of evolution 4 op (tai korvaavana) BIOL2121 Evoluutiobiologia 5 op
PSYK8950 Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology 3-5 op
PSYK3512 Principles of behavioral genetics 3 op
PSYK3514 Applied evolutionary sciences 3 op
PSYK3513 Evolution and human behavior 5 op
PSYK3492 Evolutiivinen seksuaalipsykologia ja seksuaalivalinta 2 op

Optional courses:
PSYK3394 Kognitiivisen ja neuropsykologian perusteet 5 op
PSYK3515 Book exams 2-8 op
BIOL2121 Evolutionary biology 5 op (NB: compulsory previous studies)
BIOL2100 Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity 2 op (NB: compulsory previous studies)
BIOL2030 Developmental Genetics and Evolution 2 op (NB: compulsory previous studies)
BIOL5050 Human evolution 2 op (NB: compulsory previous studies)

Further information

More information can be found from Moodle2:
https://moodle2.utu.fi/course/view.php?id=6669


Turku Brain and Mind Center http://www.tbmc.fi/

Evoluutiopsykologian oppiainevastaava:
Markus J Rantala, Evoluutiobiologian dosentti, 2xPhD
Turku Brain and Mind Center/Biologian laitos
Turun yliopisto

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