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Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 216 (GN;GS) Sex and Evolution (3) Introduction to evolutionary theory and its application to understanding human sexuality and sex differences.

ANTH 216 Sex and Evolution (3)

This course introduces students to evolutionary theory and explores its relevance to the anthropological study of human sexuality. After honing their evolutionary skills by investigating non-human reproduction, students will apply evolutionary principles to understanding human sexuality. Why do we prefer certain characteristics in a mate? How do these preferences differ between and within the sexes, and why? How do mating behaviors vary across cultures, and why are some more culturally variable than others? Other topics covered include sexual conflict and rape, and parental care and abuse. In understanding the evolutionary basis for a trait, it is helpful to understand its development. Thus, this course also covers the basics of sexual differentiation and investigates how variation in these processes might lead to variation in sexual orientation and gender identity. Students should take away not only a better understanding of human sexuality but also a way of thinking that helps them understand all living things.

General Education: GN;GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2009

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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