Undergraduate Course: Evolution of Cognition (LLLI07018)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL: only students registed with OLL should be enrolled.
This course will introduce the core concepts of evolution as they apply to human behaviour, drawing on a variety of literature from genetics to primatology. We will discuss the differences between biological and cultural evolution, focusing on how the two interact to shape the uniquely human experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
-Demonstrate understanding of basic evolutionary theory, particularly with relevance to psychology;
-Approach a variety of psychological systems from an evolutionary perspective;
-Recognise the challenge of studying human behaviour in the light of evolution (lack of fossil record), and be able to outline viable approaches despite this challenge;
-Compare human behaviour with similar behaviour in other animals in a meaningful way.
Nettle, D., 2009. Evolution and Genetics for Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dunbar, R., Lycett, J. and Barrett, L., 2007. Evolutionary Psychology: A beginner's guide. Oxford: Oneworld.
Tomasello, M., 2008. The Origins of Communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Workman, L. and Reader, W., 2008. Evolutionary Psychology: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Guidance Advisor if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912