Postgraduate Course: Foundations of Evolution (LASC11006)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An interdisciplinary introduction to the central ideas of evolution.
This course covers key theoretical concepts in evolutionary biology, particularly as they apply to evolutionary approaches to the study of behaviour, language, and culture. This course is intended to be accessible and relevant to students whether or not they have a background in evolutionary biology. As well as providing a primer for the core concepts of modern evolutionary theory and practice, the course situates evolutionary biology in a wider context, covering the historical development of evolutionary theory, its philosophical ramifications and its impact on other disciplines.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2-hour examination
||Tutorials and group discussions during lectures will provide an opportunity for feedback.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Foundations of Evolution||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the intellectual history of evolutionary biology and what evolutionary theory aims to explain
- understand the mechanisms that give rise to adaptation and the biological evidence for evolutionary processes
|Nettle, D. (2009). Evolution for genetics and Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Applying theoretical concepts across disciplines.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures and tutorials as scheduled
|Course organiser||Dr Kenneth Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3956
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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