Course: Evolutionary Psychology

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Course title Evolutionary Psychology
Course code EKO/EVOP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Tuf Ivan Hadrián, RNDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Evolutionary psychology as a science - origin and development. Principles of Neo-Darwinism. Encefalization - evolution of human brain, evolution of intelligence. Marriage and partner selection - short-time and long-time strategies. Parentage and kin - parent investments, kin altruism. Living in groups - cooperation, reciprocity, social intelligence, status, prestige, swindling, aggression and wars. Language - origin and development, social function of language.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
The course aims at presenting actual information and procedures from the branch. Major approaches, conceptual and theoretical topics are listed in syllabus.
Comprehension - Understand the basics of evolutionary theory - Understand the context of the human being in the animal kingdom - Know the research methodology of evolution of the human psyche - Perceive human understanding and action in the context of evolutionary constraints - Understand the major universal human aspirations - Understand the evolutionary importance of the human psyche - Understand the evolution of psychological terminology and be able to understand the professional text - Be able to present the theme of evolutionary psychology to the public

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam

Report about result of scientific research (paper from international journal) for credit. Level of knowledge of students (within the range of lectures) will verified during exam.
Recommended literature
  • Barrett, L., Dunbar, R., Lycett, J. (2007). Evoluční psychologie člověka. Portál, Praha.
  • Buss D. M. (1999). Evolutionary Psychology. Allyn & Bacon, London.
  • Buss D.M. (2009). Evoluce touhy.. Dauphin, Volvox Globator, Praha.
  • Cartwright J. H. (2001). Evolutionary Explanations of Human Behaviour. Routledge, New York.
  • Ridley M. (1999). Červená královna. Sexualita a vývoj lidské přirozenosti. MF, Praha.
  • Ridley M. (2000). Původ ctnosti. O evolučních základech a zákonitostech nesobeckého jednání člověka. Portál, Praha.
  • Wright R. (2002). Víc než nic. Logika lidského osudu. Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection - Summer
Faculty of Science Hydrobiology (2015) Biology courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Zoology (2015) Biology courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Landscape Protection and Planning (2015) Ecology and environmental protection - Summer