ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
Section: 001 Behavioral Biology of Women
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This is a seminar on the behavioral biology of women that is informed by natural selection theory. We will read scientific articles that assume a basic background in biology as well as evolutionary theory. We will ask: Why did menstruation and menopause evolve? Does menstrual synchrony exist? Does female sexuality change at the time of ovulation? What adaptations influence female fertility? How and why do cultural practices including religion constrain female sexuality? How has natural selection influenced interactions between the sexes? Grading will be based on class participation, response papers on the scientific articles, and a term paper. A quiz on background readings will take place early in the course to ensure that all students are up to speed on such topics as inclusive fitness theory, parental investment and sexual selection theory, and the levels at which natural selection acts.

ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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