Course: Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethology

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Course title Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethology
Course code KBI/CLO03
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Hrušková Martina, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Ditrich Tomáš, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures 1.-2. Introduction. The Habituation. The Reflexes, the Innate Behavior Patterns. The Conflicting Behavior. The Stress. The Genetics - Basic Concepts. 3.-4. The Theoretical Basis of Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethology. The Approaches to Study of Human Behavior. The Natural Selection. The Adaptation. The Sexual Selection. The Theory of Selfish Gene. Darwin, Mendel, Lorenz, Tinbergen, Wilson, Hamilton, Trivers. 5.-6. The Conflicts and Competition versus Cooperation and Altruism. The Evolutionarily Stable Strategy. The Game Theory (the Prisoner's Dilemma, the Hawk-Dove Game, and other strategies). The Hamilton's Rule. 7.-8. The Mate Choice and Sexual Selection. The General Criteria for Individual Differences. The Evolution of Sexual Reproduction. The Preferences in Mate Choice, the Sexual Differences in Behavior. The Theory of Hidden Ovulation, the Short- and Long- term Relationships. 9.-10. The Chemical Communication. The Definition of Pheromone, the Smell Signature, the Recognition of Males, Females and Relatives. The Mate Choice based on Olfactory Signals, the Role of MHC. The Physical Attractiveness. The Holistic Model for Perception of Attractiveness, the Human Physical Features (face, the BMI, the WHR, the V-shape). 11.-12. The Society. The Family. The Structure of Social Groups. The Social Parasitism. The Kinship. The Marriage and Inheritance. The Family Size. The Competition for Resources and Survival of the Family. The Incest. 13.-14. The Cognitive Processes. The Modular Brain. The Theory of the Mind. The Cultural Evolution. The Evolution of Language.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The course aims to discuss some aspects of psychology and evolutionary biology and to discuss the basal mechanisms of human behavior and biological aspects of human behavior. Course looks at human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. Topics will be studied looking at human behaviours ranging from patterns of mate choice, marriage and kinship, through to culture and language.
Passing this course will provide the necessary theoretical background in the field of evolutionary psychology and human ethology.
Prerequisites
no

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Updated and diferentiated at the start of semester.
Recommended literature
  • Baker R.:. Válka spermií. Jota, Brno, 1996.
  • Barrett, L., Dunbar R., Lycett, J.:. Evoluční psychologie člověka. Portál, Praha, 2007.
  • Buss D.M.:. Evolutionary Psychology. Allyn & Bacon, London, 1999.
  • Dawkins, R.:. Sobecký gen. Mladá fronta, Praha, 1998.
  • Evans D., Zarate O.:. Evoluční psychologie. Portál, Praha, 2002.
  • Flegr, J.:. Úvod do evoluční biologie. Praha, Academia, 2007.
  • Flegr, J.:. Zamrzlá evoluce. Academia, Praha, 2006.
  • Gould S.J.:. Dinosauři v kupce sena. Academia, Praha, 2005.
  • Michel, G.F. Mooreová, C.L.:. Psychobiologie. Biologické základy vývoje chování. Portál, Praha, 1999.
  • Ridley M.:. Červená královna. MF, Praha, 1999.
  • Ridley M.:. Původ ctnosti. Zákonitosti chování jedince ve společnosti. Portál, Praha,2000.
  • Veselovský. Z.:. Etologie. Biologie chování zvířat. Academia, Praha, 2005.
  • Wilson E.O.:. O lidské přirozenosti. Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, Praha, 1993.
  • Wright P.:. Morální zvíře. Proč jsme to, co jsme. Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, Praha, 2002.
  • Zrzavý J.:. Proč se lidé zabíjejí [homicida a genocida]. Triton, Praha, 2004.


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