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PS3036 Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

SCOTCAT credits:10
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available to General Degree students with permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser
Planned timetable:Lectures: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Tue. 1.5-hour practical: one of Tue 2-3:30, 3:30-5pm. (Module runs in weeks 6 - 10 only).

This module will address evolutionary and comparative approaches to psychology. The aim is to provide an understanding of major evolutionary forces and how they have shaped animal and human behaviour and psychology. Key principles, concepts and methodologies will be introduced and related to specific topic areas such as the evolution of social behaviour and the evolutionary origins of language and cognition.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single Honours Psychology. Either PS3035 or PS3036 is a compulsory for Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography and for BPS Recognition.

UG Pre-requisite(s):PS2001 and PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1.5-hour laboratory class or seminar (Weeks 6 - 10).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 18
  • Guided independent study: 82

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:Take-home format Written Examination (in 2 hour slot)= 100%
UG Re-assessment:Take-home format Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C Hobaiter
Module teaching staff:Dr C Hobaiter