Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4280 Evolution and Human Behaviour

(BL4280 online module handbook version 12)

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Evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and psychologists have taken evolutionary principles and used them to explain a range of human characteristics, such as homicide, religion and sex differences in behaviour. Other researchers are sceptical of these interpretations, and critical of the methods. Moreover, researchers disagree as to the best ways to use evolution to explore humanity, and a number of schools of thought have emerged. This module will introduce and critically evaluate the main evolutionary approaches currently being used, including socio-biology, evolutionary psychology, behavioural ecology and gene-culture co-evolution.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Mike Webster
mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 461690
Pre-requisite Modules:
PERMISSION OF BIOLOGY HONOURS ADVISER REQUIRED*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4280: Timetable

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lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-09-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L1: Introduction
2017-8_BL4280_L1
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-09-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L2: Human Sociobiology
2017-8_BL4280_L2
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L3: The comparative approach: humans and non-human animals
2017-8_BL4280_L3
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L4: Human Behavioural Ecology
2017-8_BL4280_L4
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Kate Cross

Lecture L5: Evolutionary Psychology
2017-8_BL4280_L5
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Kate Cross

Lecture L6: Cultural Evolution
2017-8_BL4280_L6
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
06-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L7: Gene-Culture Co-Evolution
2017-8_BL4280_L7
Lecture and class discussion

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
13-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster
Dr Kate Cross
Other O1: Class Symposium I
2017-8_BL4280_O1
Assessed presentations

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
20-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster
Dr Kate Cross
Other O2: Class Symposium II
2017-8_BL4280_O2
Assessed presentations

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
27-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster
Dr Kate Cross
Other O3: Class Symposium III
2017-8_BL4280_O3
Assessed presentations
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4280: Reading List

Click for BL4280 reading list

BL4280: Assessment

1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%*

Assessment:
Presentation
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Reports
Due by:
20/10/2017 17:00
Feedback due by:
10/11/2017 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
80%

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2017 22:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4280: Contributing Staff

Dr Mike Webster

Dr Mike Webster
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biologymmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Kate CrossDr Kate CrossLecturercpc2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Mike WebsterDr Mike Webster
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biologymmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4280: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4280 successfully should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the different approaches taken by researchers in different fields in studying the evolution of human behaviour.
  • Critically assess primary research papers in this field.
  • Synthesise and communicate research in this field through debates, oral presentations and written critiques.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4280: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Leading short activity
    • Short group presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Short individual presentation on project idea (up to 15 min)
    • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
    • Opinion piece
    • Paper critique
    • Review article on given topic
    • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Referencing
    • Generating questions
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)