ANT432H5F Advanced Seminar in Anthropology (SCI)
This course is offered in the Fall 2020 term.
Topic title: Sociality and Cooperation in Primates
Instructor: T. Jean Arseneau-Robar
Course Description: The scale on which we cooperate is one of the key differences between humans and other species; we live in complex social groups, frequently engage in a wide array of cooperative activities, and are willing to help relatives, friends, acquaintances and even complete strangers. This course uses a comparative approach to explore the evolutionary origins of human sociality and cooperation. The course will explore the theoretical models that have been developed to explain the observed variation in primate sociality, including their social organization, social structure, mating systems and strategies for parental investment. The course will also examine the various mechanisms of cooperation (e.g., kin selection, pseudo-reciprocity, direct and indirect reciprocity, group selection, partner choice and partner control strategies) and investigate how these mechanisms impact the social lives of primates. [24L]