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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 fields (economics, law, medicine, anthropology, linguistic etc.) are using evolutionary psychology 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 behavior.
Understand the reasoning processes used by evolutionary psychologists to arrive at particular conclusions regarding human behavior and mind.


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, medicine, 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 behavior.

Compulsory courses:

PSYK8950 Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology 6 op (autumn)
PSYK3492 Evolutiivinen seksuaalipsykologia ja seksuaalivalinta 2 op (autumn)
BIOL1301 Genetiikan perusteet 3 op (autumn)
PSYK3518 Principles of evolutionary biology and behavioral genetics 5 op (spring)
PSYK3519 Applied evolutionary psychology 4 op (spring)
PSYK3513 Evolution and human behavior 5 op (spring)

Optional courses:

PSYK3394 Kognitiivisen ja neuropsykologian perusteet 5 op
PSYK3515 Book exams 2-8 op
BIOL5050 Human evolution 2 op (every second year)

Further information

More information can be found from Moodle:

Turku Brain and Mind Center

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


Saadakseen opintokokonaisuuden loppumerkinnän opintosuoritusrekisteriin, opiskelijan on ilmoitettava valmiista kokonaisuudesta psykologian opintotoimistoon, email: tai puh. 050 431 5209 (ilmoita valmistunut kokonaisuus ja opiskelijanumero).
Opintokokonaisuus arvostellaan itsenäisenä suorituksena ja sen sisällä arvostelua painotetaan opintojaksojen opintopisteiden suhteessa.

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