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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4064896, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1088, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CAMPERIO CIANI ANDREA-SIGFRIDO (Presidente)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CAMPERIO CIANI ANDREA-SIGFRIDO (Presidente)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: We will start exploring Evolutionary theory, it is important some fundaments of Ethology, animal behaviour, since evolutionary psychology expands the field of behavioral ecology applied to humans as compared to other animals. So the teacher suggest previously to attend ethology course however this is not compulsory.
Target skills and knowledge: To understand human behavior in an evolutionary and comparative perspective. We will explore the adaptive value of selected aspects of human behavior such as family ties, sexuality, mating stratiegies, violence, and their forensic relevant aspects . We will study genetic bases of sexual orientation, beauty and sexual attraction perception, and other issues always with an evolutionary perspective in mind.
Examination methods: We offer two different modes of evaluation the first only for students attending all lessons that will be a presentation in Power point on a subject agreed with the student, and a subsequent short paper relative to the presentation. The other mode will be a written exam followed by an oral one during the conventional exam session (the first modality depends of course on the number of attending students)
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the first modality based on clarity completedness of the topic assigned and on the quality of the paper presented, and also on the participation as discussant to the presentation given by the other students.

Relatively to the second modality the students will be ascked a series of questions deserving a written answer within 45 minuts, and an oral examination relative to the answer provided
Course unit contents: Content:
understand all aspects of evolutionary theory
understand the concept of adaptation and adaptive value
the concept of selected trait
beauty and attractiveness
mating strategies
differences in personalities and their possible adaptive value
sexual orientation and sexual identity
cad-dad theory and seduction
paternal behavior
fecundity and determinants of fecundity variations in populations
and other human behavior issues
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Papers will be made available only to students following class lectures as well as power point relative to lectures.

Field expedition are usually done depending on students availability both in national territory as in national parks, small island communities and international territories, such as in Morocco, with berber nomads or in Thailand and Andaman sea with sea gypsies.

THIS COURSE EXPLORES ALSO TOPICS SUCH AS OMOSEXUALITY, RAPE, PROSTITUTION,PEDOPHILIA AND OTHER SEXUAL ASPECTS THAT COULD BE SENSITIVE TO INDIVIDUAL MORAL OR ETHICAL BELIEVES. The evolutionary approach explores why certain behaviors have evolved and/or are maintained in the human population and does not discuss the cultural, moral or ethical appropriateness. Moral aspects are extremely important aspects that are focused in other courses not in this one.
This course tests adaptive hypothesis that you may feel threatening to your personal perspective. This can be seen as an intellectual stimulus to students but also as a personal intimate threat to others
If you chose to enroll in this course you must abide by this code and you are invited to express your critical thinking and engage supportively, positively and respectfully in the classroom.
If you are upset in any way, speak privately with me to discuss practical steps to help you.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study on power point made available and all documentation provided in class plus the text book for those who do not attend lectures. Only the students attending the lectures can choose the presentation in class be very well prepared on the assigned topic and do a good paper and presentation. Study hard and perform the best!
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • suggested: D Buss, Psicologia evoluzionistica. --: Pearson, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Buss, evolutionary Psychology. New York: Pearson, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning contract/agreement

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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