ANT 158 - The Evolution of Females and Males
The course covers major theories and problems in evolutionary biology, including natural selection, sexual selection, kin selection, the evolution of sexual reproduction, life history, and sex ratios. After considering broader applications to other species, we consider the implications for humans. Emphases are placed on cross-cultural diversity and applications of science to contemporary social problems. Topics range from psychological (e.g. stereotypes, implicit bias) to developmental (e.g. child-rearing, socialization) to performance and achievement (e.g. sports, education, work) to politics (e.g. same-sex marriage legislation, the 2016 presidential election) to self-expression (e.g. art, fashion). We consider what evolutionary social science can offer in the search for solutions to problems like sexism, homophobia, sex-selective abortion and infanticide, violence and aggression, and poverty.