Evolution and Human Social Behaviour
Rhedir gan School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Prof Rob Ward
Human evolution has certainly been shaped by Darwin's "hostile forces of nature". But it is equally true that humans must prosper and reproduce in the complicated social environment created by their fellow humans. The adaptive pressures created by members of our own species are sometimes referred to as forces of “social selection”. In this module, we will look at ways that social selection and other pressures may have influenced human nature and human society in the past and potentially still be changing us today.
Evolutionary biology is rich in important and sometimes controversial (and misunderstood) theories. The modules covers two themes developed from evolutionary biology, relating to forces of social selection. One key theme is human sexual selection and mate choice, in which we consider how humans may have adapted to sexual selection pressures. The second theme concerns problems of altruism, morality, and the structure of human societies. How could a trait like altruism evolve, when it means you sacrifice your own genetic interests for someone else's? In addition to these main themes, we’ll also look at early humans and our evolutionary origins, and the evolution of nonverbal communication systems, especially in the human face. Many of the key readings come from excellent popular accounts, mainly The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, and The Mating Mind, by Geoffrey Miller. We’ll also review in class some classic papers, as well as recent findings. The module covers a lot of different topic areas, and it is the underlying ideas of selection and adaptation that tie them together.
Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material. Will often bring in material from outside the lectures to illustrate understanding.
Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area. Clarity of argument and expression. Uses material from outside of lectures to illustrate and clarify the arguments made. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.
Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.
Generate, evaluate and apply evolutionary models to human social behaviours and cognition.
Compare and contrast psychological implications of natural, sexual and social selection
Assess how evolutionary considerations can be used to create testable hypotheses in psychology.
Critically evaluate theories and data relating to the evolutionary basis of mate choice; cooperation; moral emotions; deception; consciousness, and nonverbal communication.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
- Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/psp-3002.html
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