Evolutionary Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 4223
Section Number
PSYC 4223
Fall 2016
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 10:00 - 10:50

Dr. Don Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Evolutionary Psychology
3rd Chimpanzee
Demonic Male
Why Women have Sex

Course Objectives

  • Define Evolved Psychological Mechanisms
  • Be able to evaluate topics such as Sex and mating, how we parent, global kinship patterns, war and aggression, jealousy, and dominance hierarchies in terms of evolutionary psychology.
  • Understand that Evolutionary Psychology is another theory in psychology that helps us to explain human behavior as an adaptation.

Course Expectations

This course will examine the mechanisms of the human mind through the understanding of evolutionary psychology.  We will evaluate the origins of many models of behavior (many still expressed by cultures still relatively untouched by “civilization”) that attempt to explain our current lives.  Topics such as Sex and mating, how we parent, global kinship patterns, war and aggression, jealousy, and dominance hierarchies will be discussed as incorporated from outside readings along with the required texts.  Finally, this course will attempt to use evolutionary psychology as a unifying theme for the many related field of science

Grading Standards

Course requirements: (Note – the journal assignments have to be turned in using D2L). 


  1. Exams: Four Exams (total of 70%)


  1. Journal reviews: Three Journal reviews (total of 15%) Due 9/30, 10/28, 12/2


  1. Group Presentation/Personal Paper:  Group poster presentation and individual paper (total of 15% of grade)




4 Exams – 700 points (Exams 1 -3 200 points each; Exam 4 100 points)

3 Journal Reviews – 150

Presentation  - 150



TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE                1000 pts                                  


The University has a standard grade scale:

A = 90-100, B = 80-89.9, C = 70-79.9, D = 60-69.9, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete.

Final Exam

12/14/2016 10:30

Submission Format Policy

D2L for writing assignments. Writing assignments follow APA style.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Not allowed

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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