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PSYK3518 Principles of evolutionary biology and behavioral genetics 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes

After this course, the student understands the meaning of genetic variation, and its importance in adapting populations to their abiotic and biotic environments. The students knows the central phenomena and concepts of the field, and he/she is able to use these in analyses of animal and human populations. The student learns to see evolution as a unifying concept in study of human mind and behaviour, and he/she has a realistic idea on the possibilities of adapting evolution biology in other fields as well. Students will have a basic understanding of how behavioral genetic research has changed psychology’s view of human behaviour. In addition, he or she will understand how genes influence on behaviour.


Introduction to evolutionary forces, and the changes they cause within and between populations and further in speciation. Evolutionary forces are first studied at sequence, locus and multilocus level, and later at phenotypes and plasticity of phenotypes. More detailed introduction to different forms and limits of natural selection. Applications of these to life history traits, sexual traits, behavioral traits, and interactions between species. In addition, this course provides an introduction to behavioral genetics, the field within psychology that demonstrated that Nature and Nurture both play a fundamental role in the development of psychological traits. The course will cover the traditional behavioral genetic methodologies of twin and adoption studies as well as modern approaches based on molecular genetic techniques.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 50 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1.-3. year spring and onwards

Study materials

Bazzett (2008) An Intoduction to Behavioural Genetics.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology
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Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology