An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology

Unraveling the mysteries of Human Behavior

My philosophy in regard to teaching psychology academia entails that you have to stand before you can walk.

What you’ll learn

  • The basics of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory of natural selection.
  • Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology as an academic discipline and how it chronologically developed.
  • Relevant other science paradigms as for example: sociobiology, genetics and institutionalized paradigms such as eugenics.
  • An insight into elementary human behavior in the light of evolution and evolutionary psychology.
  • Methodic evaluation and principles concerning Evolutionary Psychology.
  • How evolutionary theoretical ideas are played out in real life and how we can understand those.
  • Insight into the research in Evolutionary Psychology.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 2 lectures • 6min.
  • Defining Evolutionary Psychology –> 1 lecture • 8min.
  • The “becoming” of Evolutionary Psychology –> 5 lectures • 29min.
  • Modern Evolutionary Psychology –> 3 lectures • 21min.
  • Extra material – Eugenics –> 1 lecture • 9min.

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My philosophy in regard to teaching psychology academia entails that you have to stand before you can walk.

In this course, I’ve put a tremendous amount of energy and hours into trying to make complex evolutionary psychological phenomena understandable. Essentially, this course is for anyone who has a hobby, academic or extracurricular interest in Evolutionary Psychology, its history, and the precursors of Evolution and Evolutionary Psychology.

Without going into too much detail you will learn the following, which will contribute to your understanding of Evolutionary Psychology:

  • The historical overview of Charles Darwin’s ideas, his theory of evolution through natural selection (and heritable variation and differential reproductive success), and insights into his work
  • How the “human mind” is conceptualized through evolutional theories, and how behavior and psychological aspects of human nature are understood and developed
  • A brief introduction to Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s theory of acquired inheritance and how it inspired Darwin
  • Knowledge of the reproductive process of sexual and asexual species and the process of mutations
  • Gregor Mendel’s genetics, and how his ideas established an important part of modern Evolutionary Psychology
  • The modern conceptualization of Evolutionary Psychology and how cognitive psychology influenced it in relation to the definition proposed by the Santa Barbara School (John Tooby and Leda Cosmides)
  • Another historical overview of Francis Galton, the father of Psychometrics, and how he formed and institutionalized the Eugenics movement, which had severe ethical implications for the future of Evolutionary Psychology
  • Methodological and methodic considerations concerning Evolutionary Psychology as an academic discipline
  • Evaluations of Evolutionary Psychology and its future prospects in terms of considering critiques in an effort to counterargue the most common ones

I’d like to thank you for showing interest in my course. I sincerely hope you’ll consider buying it due to its elementary nature so that everyone can tag along on the journey into the landscape of Evolutionary Psychology.



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