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PS3036   Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 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).

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 82

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Take-home format Written Examination (in 2 hour slot)= 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Take-home format Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Hobaiter