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Course Catalog 2006-2007 
Course Catalog 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FYSP 181 - Selfishness or Altruism? The Evolution of Sociality in Humans and Other Animals

4 NS, WRi
First Semester.  This course explores the ability of evolutionary theory to explain social behavior in humans and other animals.  Can natural selection favor cooperation in non-human animals in spite of their “selfish genes”?  Perhaps so, but can evolutionary theory account for elaborate social phenomena that seem restricted to humans – for example, religion, economic exchange, and political alliances? We will explore these issues through discussion, writing exercises, and
independent projects.  

Prerequisites & Notes
P/NP Grading only.

Enrollment Limit: 14.
Mr. Tarvin

Credits: 4 hours

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