New: Evolutionary Psychology

Have you ever wondered why you find some people more attractive than others? How do we respond to facial expressions? How much impact do emotions, the need for cooperation and behaviour have on choosing a partner? It has long been acknowledged that the human body evolved over eons, slowly calibrating to the African savanna on which 98 percent of human ancestry lived and died. So, too, did human brains. This course will explore how, according to evolutionary psychologists, the mind is shaped by the pressure to survive and reproduce; how emotions, communication skills, and language ability are adaptations that have enabled ancestors to thrive.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who is interested in how psychology explains our behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed.

What does this course cover

This module will only cover: facial attractiveness, flirting, disgust sensitivity, olfaction, human facial expression, hormones and behaviour, personality, emotion, cooperation and human development which all falls under the umbrella term of human evolutionary psychology.

What will it be like

A number of different methods will be used including tutor exposition, pair and small group work and class discussion. A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the topics being examined.

What else do you need to buy or do

To benefit fully from this course it is recommended that students complete the reading recommended in class. You do not need to buy a text for this as handouts will be given and other resources will be available through the Moodle page for the course.

What this course could lead to

There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre including, 'Leadership, Obedience and Group Dynamics' or 'Developmental Psychology'. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’