PSYC 320 (A01) - Evolutionary Psychology - Smith

PSYC 320 (A01) - Evolutionary Psychology - Smith
Evolutionary Psychology
Fall (Sep.- Dec.) 2014 (201409)
(Section A01 Course Number 12779)
Class Time: Monday, Thursday 1:00 – 2:20 PM
Classroom: DTB A102
Instructor: Dr. Martin Smith
COR A270 (250) 721-8597
Office Hours: Mon 2:30 – 3:00; Tues 12:45 – 1:15; Thur 2:30 – 3:00
[email protected]
Teaching Assistant: Kaitlyn Fallow
COR A193 (250) 721-6165 [email protected]
Office Hours: The time slot after Exam 1 and 2 are returned: Monday or Thursday 2:30 – 3:00
Course Content
“Psychology is a life science. It studies the behavior of living things, not rocks or stars or
electrons. The theory of evolution has inspired thousands of discoveries throughout the life
sciences – in physiology, ecology, medicine … It is time to consider what this theory can offer
to psychology.” [From S.J.C Gaulin & D. H McBurney (2004), Evolutionary Psychology (2nd
Edition), Preface p. xii]
This course provides an overview and history of the field of evolutionary psychology and
examines evolutionary perspectives on current psychological topics including learning,
cognition, consciousness, social behavior, families and culture.
Course Objectives
This course is designed to provide students with:
∙An overview of the history and perspective of evolutionary psychology.
∙A basic understanding of evolution by natural selection and the genetic basis of evolution.
∙Knowledge of how an evolutionary perspective has been applied to psychological topics such
as learning, cognition, consciousness, social behavior, families and culture.
∙Analytic skills necessary to apply an evolutionary perspective to topics besides those covered
in the course.
∙Critical facility to discern and explicate inaccurate or implausible applications of evolutionary
reasoning to human behaviour.
∙Sensitivity to ethical and moral dimensions of evolutionary reasoning.
Martin –
Kaitlyn –
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
• Textbook: Buss, D. (2012). Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn
& Bacon.. The textbook can be purchased in the UVIC bookstore, and students must have access to it
in order to master the course material.
• Student Personal Response System: iClicker 2 (not the original iClicker). The iClicker 2 personal
response system is necessary in order for you to participate in PSYC 320 classes, and 3% of your final
mark is based on that participation. You can purchase the iClicker 2 at the UVIC bookstore, and it will
be usable in other courses that use iClicker. Note that iClicker 2 can be sold back to the UVIC
bookstore just as with textbooks. You will need to have iClicker 2 in PSYC 320, not the original
iClicker. Note: Do not register your clicker at the web site, as UVic instructors will only
synchronize their iclicker rosters with the university's own registration system at
(See the “iClicker registration “section of this course outline for details on registering your iClicker.)
Textbook, iClicker Purchase, Buyback Inquiries: Please contact the UVIC Bookstore:; phone 250 721-8313; email [email protected]
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Online chapter quizzes
Peer review assignment
Clicker participation
Although you are expected to complete all course components (Exams, Quizzes, Assignment, Clickers), you must complete all
three exams to receive credit for the course. Students who do not complete all three exams will receive an “N”grade. An “N”
is a failing grade, and it factors into a student’s GPA as O.
Cutoff Points for Final Grades
The following is the grading policy of the University of Victoria effective May 1st, 2012.
90 - 100
85 - 89
80 - 84
77 - 79
73 - 76
70 - 72
65 - 69
60 - 64
50 - 59
0 - 49
UVIC Scale
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
PSYC 320 (A01) 2014 Fall SCHEDULE
Class/Date Reading
Sep. 4 (R)
Ch. 1
Course Intro; Our Modular Minds
Sep. 8(M)
Ch. 2
Sep. 11(R)
Ch. 2
Sep. 15(M) Ch. 3
Foundations of Evolutionary
Psychology 11
Foundations of Evolutionary
Psychology 11
Problems of Survival
Sep. 18(R)
Sep. 22(M) Ch. 4
Sep. 25(R)
Sep. 29(M) Ch. 5
Oct. 2(R)
Oct. 6(M)
Oct. 9(R)
Ch. 6
Oct. 13(M)
No class Thankgiving Day
Oct. 16 (R)
Ch. 7
Oct. 20 (M) Ch.8
Problems of Kinship
Oct. 23 (R)
Problems of Kinship
Oct. 27 (M) Ch.9
Oct. 30 (R)
10 Nov. 3 (M)
10 Nov. 6 (R)
Ch. 4
Ch. 5
Sex and Mating I: Women’s LongTerm Mating Strategies
Sex and Mating I: Women’s LongTerm Mating Strategies
Sex and Mating II: Men’s Long-Term
Mating Strategies
Sex and Mating II: Men’s Long-Term
Mating Strategies
Rev Aug. 18
Quizzes Due
10 PM
Q1 Ch 2
Sep. 16 is last day to drop courses
Wed Sep 10 and receive 100% of tuition fees
Q2 Ch 3
Sun Sep 14
Sep. 19 is last day to add courses
Q3 Ch 4
Sun Sep 21
Q4 Ch 5
Sun Sep 28
Exam 1: Chapters 2 - 5
Sex and Mating III: Short-Term
Sexual Strategies
Sex and Mating III: Short-Term
Sexual Strategies
Problems of Parenting
Problems of Group Living I:
Cooperative Alliances
Problems of Group Living I:
Cooperative Alliances
Oct 7 is last day to drop courses
and receive 50% of tuition fees
You must have at least one clicker
Q5 Ch 6
Sun Oct 12 point showing on your
CourseSpaces record by Friday Oct.
Q6 Ch 7
Weds Oct 15 17 to receive any clicker points for
the term. This is so any clicker
Q7 Ch 8
issues are cleared up by Oct. 17, not
Sun Oct 19 later in the term.
Oct 31 is last day to drop courses
without penalty of failure
Q8 Ch 9
Weds Oct 29
Exam 2 Chapters 6 - 9
Ch. 10
Problems of Group Living II:
Aggression and Warfare
11 Nov. 10 (M) No class Reading Break
11 Nov. 13 (R) Ch. 10
12 Nov. 17 (M) Ch. 11
12 Nov. 20 (R) Ch. 12
13 Nov. 24 (M) Ch. 12
13 Nov. 27 (R) Ch. 13
14 Dec. 1 (M)
•Oct 22 Topics
must be claimed
•Nov 13
Assignment must
be submitted
must be
present to
write the
during the
class period.
•Nov 19
commentaries must
be submitted
Do not
schedule any
trips that
overlap with
•Nov 26
exam dates,
responses to
Problems of Group Living IV: Status,
and please
commentaries must notify your
Prestige, and Social Dominance
be submitted
family not to
Problems of Group Living IV: Status, Q11 Ch 12
schedule any
Prestige, and Social Dominance
trips for you
Summary and Conclusions: Toward Q12 Ch 13
that overlap
directions will
an Integrated Psychological Science Fri Nov 28
with the
be provided after
Exam 3 Chapters 10 - 13
Q9 Ch 10
Problems of Group Living II:
Wed Nov 12
Aggression and Warfare
Problems of Group Living III: Conflict Q10 Ch 11
Sun Nov 16
between the Sexes
Exam 1
Note: Because extra “make‐up” quizzes (beyond those necessary to receive full marks) are already scheduled, additional make‐up quizzes, are not arranged. It is therefore important to submit quizzes well before the deadlines (to avoid technical problems) and complete all the quizzes by the due dates until you have reached the required number (10). See the “online Chapter Quizzes” sections below for details. PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
Each exam will consist of both short answer (e.g., multiple-choice, fill in the blanks,
definitions), and questions requiring longer answers. Exams are closed-book, based on the
textbook and lecture material and will take a class period (80 minutes). Students who miss an
exam should contact the Teaching Assistant as soon as they know that they will miss the exam,
and to arrange to write a make-up exam. Students missing exams are required to provide
medical documentation as to why they had to miss the exam.
Peer review assignment
Detailed information on the Peer Review Assignment, will be provided after Exam 1 is completed.
Twelve percent of your final grade is derived from the assignment and peer review component, as
· Assignment (5 pages/1500 words) - 8%. Due Nov. 13.
· Two peer commentaries (1 page each/300 words) on other students’ assignments (3% - 1% per
commentary). Due Nov. 19.
· Response to peer commentaries (1 page/300 words maximum) – 1%. Due Nov. 26.
Note: you must submit your two peer commentaries and response to receive any of the total of 12%
for the Assignment/Commentaries/Response. This is because your student colleagues depend on your
peer commentaries to construct their responses, and it is therefore a necessary aspect of the
Assignment/Peer Review system to formulate and submit your commentaries on your colleague’s
A model for this assignment are peer commentary journals such as Behavioral and Brain Sciences, where
a scientist posts a “target” article, and interested commentators post short commentaries discussing,
critiquing and elaborating on the ideas and evidence presented in the target article. The authors of the
target article then make a response to the commentary of the peer reviewers.
Several examples of Behavioral and Brain Sciences articles with themes relevant to evolutionary
psychology will be posted on the course website, and you are advised to read or at least scan one or
two of them in order to provide you with a model of how peer commentary works. Don’t be
intimidated by the technical nature of some of the arguments presented in the BBS examples. These are
professional researchers engaging in scholarly discourse, and of course you are not expected to display
the same knowledge and vocabulary that they use. The point is to observe how a peer review system
works (and the articles and commentaries are very interesting, as well, of course!)
One of the advantages of the peer review system for university courses is that, compared to standard
essays, the process is more social and peer-oriented. Individuals other than the instructors can view
and learn from your ideas, and you also learn and develop your reasoning, communication and
critiquing skills by reviewing and commenting upon the work of your peers. This learning opportunity
is not generally part of the standard end of term essay, and providing this experience is aimed at
helping you increase your critical thinking and analytic skills.
Because of the peer commentary and response components, the length of the “target” assignments is
less than standard essays: 5 pages (1500 words) versus the usual 10 page (3000 word) essay. Detailed
information on the Peer Review Assignment, will be provided after Exam 1.
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
• We will base a small percentage of your final mark (3%) on your in-class participation and performance
with the iClicker Personal Response System. PSYC 320 utilizes the iClicker Personal Response System as
a means of encouraging you to attend lectures and to participate in problem solving exercises, to
participate in surveys and mini-tests that serve to increase your ongoing engagement and involvement
with the course, and to provide you with immediate feedback regarding your understanding of the class
• Many recent studies have shown that such personal response systems generally increase students’
engagement and participation in university classes, and thereby provide an incentive for students to keep
up with the course material and to attend the lectures.
• Clicker points will be based on participation in PSYC 320 classes on the following 18 dates:
Sep 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct 6, 9, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
• If you participate in clicker questions in 80% or more of the above 18 classes (i.e. in 14 or more classes),
you will receive the maximum 3% of your final grade.
• If you participate in fewer than 14 classes, you will receive the following percentages:
13 classes: 2.8
9 classes: 1.9
5 classes: 1.3
1 class: 0.2
12 classes: 2.6
8 classes 1.7
4 classes: 0.9
0 classes: 0
11 classes: 2.4
7 classes: 1.5
3 classes: 0.6
10 classes: 2.1
6 classes: 1.4
2 classes: 0.4
• The level of participation required to receive maximum points is set at 80% of all classes to allow you to
not participate for up to four classes (due to illness, sports competitions, low batteries or missing clickers,
technical malfunction, etc.) and still receive your maximum clicker points. For this reason, there is not an
opportunity to “make up” or prorate clicker points if you do not participate in class.
• It is an academic infraction to use or bring another student’s clicker to class, or to lend your clicker
to another student. This will be treated similarly to other academic infractions (such as cheating on an
exam) and will be subject to university disciplinary procedures. Please remember that the clickers provide
you with an opportunity to enhance your in-class learning, and it is expected you will cooperate in making
the system work to help you and your colleagues learn.
• Updated clicker records will generally be posted to the Course CourseSpaces Website (Grade link) within
two weeks after Exam 1 and Exam 2. We hope to have your final clicker totals posted on the
CourseSpaces Grade link shortly before Exam 3. If you have a question about your clicker points, you
should deal with it prior to Exam 3 as the final grades are calculated after Exam 3, and your clicker totals
as posted will be used to calculate your final grades.
• It is important that you check your clicker record by Friday Oct. 17 to make sure that you have at
least one clicker point posted, and you are receiving correct credit for your clicker participation.
Only students who have a posted record on CourseSpaces of at least one clicker point by Friday Oct. 17
will be eligible to receive any clicker points for the term. Students who do not have any posted clicker
points by Friday Oct. 17 will receive 0 on their final clicker total (out of 3%) regardless of clicker
activity after that date. This deadline is in place to ensure that any clicker registration issues are rectified
early in the term, and to encourage students to begin their clicker participation as early as possible.
• If you have questions about your clicker points, please contact the Instructor via email [email protected] .
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
iClicker Registration
Note: More detailed information on iClicker registration and other issues is provided at
iClickers are a relatively new technology and technical problems do sometimes arise. However, YOU are responsible for
resolving these issues in order to receive course points. The resources to solve your clicker problems are available! Start by
following these steps:
1. Go to – sign in with your NetLink credentials and you should be taken directly to the iclicker
registration page; OR
2. Log into the UVic portal ( and click on: My page > Student Services > iClicker
• iClicker serial numbers do not contain letter O’s, only number 0’s.
• Do not register your clicker at the web site, as UVic instructors will only synchronize their iclicker rosters with
the university's own registration system at
Additional Information:
• iClicker Purchase/Buyback Inquiries: Please contact the UVIC Bookstore:;
phone 250 721-8313; email [email protected]
• iClicker Usage and Troubleshooting Inquiries: Please view the link
For additional questions, contact the UVIC Computer Helpdesk: [email protected] Telephone: 250-721-7687.
In Person: Clearihue A004 or McPherson Library
iClicker Frequently Asked Questions
• Why do we use clickers in class?
iClickers are used as a way to work together through questions posed in class. When used effectively, iClickers
can increase your ongoing engagement and involvement, promote a safe environment to communicate your
answers, and create lively discussions in class. iClickers can also provide immediate feedback about your
understanding of the class material and help us figure out together ways to improve your understanding of a
• I use my iClicker remote for multiple classes with different professors. Do I have to register online for
each individual class?
No. You only need to register once online for your registration information to apply to all of the classes in
which you are using iClicker
• I registered my iClicker remote last year (or last term). Do I have to register it again?
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just go ahead and register. Re-registration will just overwrite the existing registration information that is
associated with your student ID.
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You will need iClicker 2 in PSYC 320. We use it because it allows some cool things (polling broken down by
age and gender, for instance) that the outdated iClicker 1s did not allow. iClicker 2s can be sold back to the
UVIC bookstore just as with textbooks, whereas the Bookstore does not accept the original iClicker for resale.
• What is the cost of registering my iClicker?
There is no cost. After purchasing your iClicker, it is yours to use in as many classes as required without any
additional costs or recurring registration fees
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
• Can I use a used iClicker? How do I register a used iClicker?
You can use a used iClicker 2 (but not iClicker 1). You register a used iClicker 2 remote in the exact same
manner as a new iClicker 2 remote (instructions above). You need not do anything special or different in order
to register a used remote.
• How do I un-register my remote?
There is no need to un-register your remote, even if you will no longer be using it. Registration does not alter
the iClicker 2 remote in any way.
• I lost my iClicker and had to buy a new one. What do I do?
Email your old serial number to the instructor at [email protected] Let me know who you are and that you’ll
be registering a new iClicker 2 serial number on a certain date. Then, register your new iClicker 2 just like you
did your old one.
• I can’t read the serial number on the back of my iClicker. What do I do?
This is not on issue on iClicker 2s (2nd-generation iClicker remote) as you’ll see the serial number on the
device’s LCD each time you turn it on. (This was not the case on the original iClicker).
• Are there zeroes or the letter “O” on my serial number?
Those are zeroes.
• I registered online but my professor says I have not registered yet?
This could be caused by two possible factors.
• Have you voted in class with your remote yet? If you have not voted with your iClicker
remote, then your professor’s gradebook will not recognize your registration.
• Double-check that you’ve registered at, not
• If at any point in the past you used a different iClicker remote which you also registered to your
name, your previous registration will have been deactivated. In other words, you’ll need to register
the iClicker remote that you’re currently using again.
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
• Course Website: The PSYC 320 Website will be accessible through the UVIC CourseSpaces
system. This site includes links for emailing course instructors, as well as an online copy of
the course outline, posted lecture notes, and other course information and links.
• Netlink ID: You will require a valid UVIC Netlink ID to access both the CourseSpaces system
and the PSYC 320 CourseSpaces WebPage. To register, go to the Netlink Website at and follow the directions there. If you cannot access the PSYC 320
website after receiving your NetLink ID, please contact the Computer Help Desk in Clearihue
A004 ([email protected];, or at their desks in the Library and
Residence, or by phone: (250) 721-7687.
• CourseSpaces Online Learning System: To find out how to log into the CourseSpaces online
learning system, please go to CourseSpaces.
• If you need assistance in using CourseSpaces, please view the CourseSpaces Student
Orientation Video on the CourseSpaces student site or email CourseSpacesStudentHelp.
If you contact the Computer Help Desk with problems accessing the PSYC 320 CourseSpaces Website, please
indicate that you are having a NetLink or CourseSpaces problem, as almost all problems relating to accessing the
CourseSpaces Website are related to issues or instructions involving NetLink or CourseSpaces.
Keys to Success in this Course
Success in university courses generally requires consistent, sustained attention to the course material. If you
wish to be successful in mastering the material in this course, you should spend several hours engaged in the
following activities each week:
Before class:
• Complete the assigned reading from the textbook.
• Complete and submit the Online Chapter Quizzes.
• (Optional but recommended): Complete the Chapter Study Questions.
• (Optional but recommended): Think about the course material. Look for examples,
illustrations and questions relating to the course material in the things you read, the
media you view, and the people you interact with.
During class:
• Attend all lectures, and make notes that elaborate, expand, question or provide
examples for the material discussed.
• Stay focused on the class activities.
• Participate in class discussions and activities.
• Be respectful of your class colleagues, and make an effort to know them.
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
Department of Psychology
Important Course Policy Information
Winter 2014-2015
Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own risk.
Students who complete courses without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to complete the
prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the degree program.
Program Requirements
For more information see pages 215-217 of the UVic Calendar 2014-15.
Registration Status
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be verified using
My Page, View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the deadlines set out in the
current UVic Calendar.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and supportive
and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
In the Event of Illness, Accident or Family Affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2013-14, p. 35)
What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled during the formal examination period
Do not apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”. Instead submit
documentation of the illness, accident or family affliction directly to your course instructor (or designated
teaching assistant).
What to do if you miss an exam scheduled during the formal exam period
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the instructor. If
the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation (for example, a
deferred exam). Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N grade
will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
What to do if you require additional time to complete course requirements
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the instructor. If
the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation. Where a concession
is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N grade will be entered on the student’s
academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
PSYC 320 (A01) Evolutionary Psychology Course Outline
Policy on Academic Integrity including Plagiarism and Cheating
The Department of Psychology fully endorses and intends to enforce rigorously the Senate Policy on Academic
integrity ( , p. 32-34, UVic Calendar 2014-15). It
is of utmost importance that students who do their work honestly be protected from those who do not. Because
this policy is in place to ensure that students carry out and benefit from the learning activities assigned in each
course, it is expected that students will cooperate in its implementation.
The offences defined by the policy can be summarized briefly as follows:
1. Plagiarism. You must make sure that the work you submit is your work and not someone else’s. There
are proper procedures for citing the works of others. The student is responsible for being aware of and
using these procedures.
2. Multiple Submission. Only under exceptional circumstances may a work submitted to fulfill an
academic requirement be used to satisfy another similar requirement. The student is responsible for
clarifying this with the instructor(s) involved.
3. Falsifying Materials Subject to Academic Evaluation. This includes falsification of data, use of
commercially prepared essays, using information from the Internet without proper citation, citing sources
from which material is not actually obtained, etc.
4. Cheating on Assignments, Tests, and Examinations. You may not copy the work of others in or out of
class; you may not give your work to others for the purpose of copying; you may not use unauthorized
material or equipment during examinations or tests; and you may not impersonate or allow yourself to be
impersonated by another at an examination. The Department of Psychology has a policy of not making
old examinations available for study purposes. Therefore, use of old exams without the express written
permission of the instructor constitutes cheating by the user, and abetting of cheating by the person who
provided the exam.
5. Being an Accessory to Offences. This means that helping another student to cheat (for instance, by
showing or communicating to them answers to an assignment, or by allowing them to view answers on an
exam) is an academic offence.
Instructors are expected to make every effort to prevent cheating and plagiarism. This may include the
assignment of seating for examinations, asking students to move during examinations, requests to see student
identification cards, and other measures as appropriate. Instructors also have available to them a variety of tools
and procedures to check for Internet and electronic media-based cheating. In instances of suspected or actual
plagiarism or cheating, instructors, following prescribed procedures, are authorized to take steps consistent with
the degree of the offence. These measures will range from a zero on the test or assignment or a failing grade for
the course, probation within a program to temporary or even permanent suspension from the University.
Rights of Appeal are described in the Policy on Academic Integrity in the University calendar (on p. 32-34 in
The definitive source for information on Academic Integrity is the University Calendar (p. 32-34 in 2014-15)
Other useful resources on Plagiarism and Cheating include:
1. The Learning Skills program:
2. The Ombudsperson’s office:
3. The English Department:
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