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

First-Year Seminar Program 181

Usual Description

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.

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
First-Year Seminar Program 181
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin
First-Year Seminar Program 181 Taught by Keith Tarvin