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This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who want to explore the contributions of evolution to our understanding of human development. We begin with an overview of principles of evolution, and then learn how an evolutionary perspective informs all major areas of human and non-human primate life including family structure, child rearing, peer relationships, sexual encounters, romantic partnerships, cognitive development, language development, aggression and altruism. The course also explores evolutionary developmental psychology—the study of stages of development and the adaptive function of characteristics of those stages, for example, the adaptive purposes of juvenile play. Students explore one topic in depth that has a current applied focus, for example, why eating disorders are so prevalent. PREREQUISITE: CSHD 1, PSY 1 or graduate status.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA; Requires: CSHD 1 or PSY 1

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences