07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R
Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L004
Section Information for Spring 2021
This course explores the origins, evolutionary foundations and cultural variation of human behavior and examines the downstream impacts on the evolution of political institutions and economic prosperity. We’ll take a broad interdisciplinary approach: we’ll study historical and comparative approaches to understand cross-societal variation in culture and institutions; we’ll study behavioral and experimental economics to get a better understanding of cultural determinants of economic decision making; we’ll study approaches to culture provided by neighboring disciplines such as cultural evolution, evolutionary biology and anthropology. Questions that we’ll address include: What factors promote liberty and free markets? Why did representative governments, impartial laws and impersonal markets first develop and proliferate in medieval Europe? Has culture shaped humans’ genetic evolution? What is the role of kinship, social norms, trust for economic outcomes? What makes us human?
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Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Non-Degree.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.