Evolutionary Psychology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Evolutionary Psychology

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course will introduce students to the main concepts, theories and studies in the growing discipline of Evolutionary Psychology. The goal is to give students insight into topics central in Psychology from an Evolutionary point of view. Central in this course is whether certain behaviors could be the results of an evolved adaptation to solve problems that our ancestors faced. Possible costs and benefits of these suspected adaptations will then be discussed.

    During the course we will provide some insights into the following questions:

    • Why do we have such big brains?
    • Why do men want to have sex sooner than women?
    • Why do we help others?
    • Why do we make war?

    This course shows students how to explain human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. During the course we will use this perspective to explain sexuality, cooperation, parenting, aggression, and cognition. The course consists of lectures and students will also do several assignments to practice evolutionary theorizing.

    Lectures and assignments.

    Exam with 60 multiple choice questions (80% of grade) and two open-ended questions (20% of grade). The assignments may also count for a small percentage of the final grade.

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