Anthropology 368 / Psychology 338. Primate Social Behavior
This class will review the social systems and behavior of our closest living relatives, the primates. The course will be divided into three parts. I will begin by outlining questions about primate behavior. In this section the order primates will be introduced by examining the biology and behavior of prosimians, monkeys and apes. Second, several aspects of primate social systems including spacing, mating and grouping patterns will be discussed. The course will conclude by reviewing selected topics of primate behavior, such as vocal communication and cognition. I will draw heavily on field studies of primates and emphasize their behavior in natural environmental and social settings.
Anthropology 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology
What is the material basis of evolution? How have humans evolved? Why do humans behave in the manner that they do? This class seeks answers to these enduring questions. The course will be divided into three parts. We will begin by reviewing the theory of evolution and examining how evolution produces adaptations and creates new species. This section will conclude by outlining how evolution has shaped the behavior of our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates. The second part of the class will be devoted to investigating the human fossil record and reconstructing the physical and behavioral evolution of our species. The course will conclude by asking how evolution has affected contemporary human behavior. The emphasis throughout will be on the processes that have shaped human evolution and how these have produced who we are.