ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Behavioral Biology of Women
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
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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 and why is ovulation concealed? 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? Under what circumstances do women practice infanticide? Why do humans have so many different marriage and mating patterns such as monogamy and polygyny? What are the current understandings of sexual orientation? 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.

Course Requirements:

No exams or quizzes. Writing assignments will consist of weekly responses to the readings and a term paper. Participation in discussion will be an important part of assessment in this course. 


ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
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002 (LEC)
 In Person
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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