Lecture 1 & 2: Introduction to evolutionary theory - What is evolution, 4 evolutionary forces, components of natural selection, levels of explanation (proximate v ultimate), relative v absolute fitness, human origins, adaptations, Tinbergen's four questions.
Lecture 3 & 4: Intimate relationships - Mate choice, sexual selection, mating strategies, costly signalling, fitness indicators.
Lecture 5 & 6: Cognition - Reasoning, learning, language, problem-solving, EEA, theory of mind, Social Brain Hypothesis, intelligence, runaway brain, language, creativity & art.
Lecture 7 & 8: Parenting and kinship - Parental investment, conflict between the sexes, inclusive fitness, kinship, incest avoidance and Westermarck effect.
Lecture 9 & 10: Personality and Individual differences - Social niches, polymorphisms, developmental plasticity, heritability, behavioural genetics, frequency-dependent selection, evolutionary game theory, tit-for-tat and related forms, birth order.
Lecture 11 & 12: Cooperation and altruism - Levels of selection, multilevel selection, reciprocity, indirect reciprocity, strong reciprocity, costly signalling theory, social exchange, cheater detection, evolutionary game theory.
Lecture 13 & 14: Emotions - Role of emotions, emotions & cognition, disease & disgust, incest & disgust, depression, jealousy.
Lecture 15 & 16: Aggression, violence, warfare and terrorism - Status, prestige, and dominance hierarchies, relatedness and aggression, sex differences in aggression, group conflicts, territoriality, reconciliation.
Lecture 17 & 18: Darwin medicine - Evolution and health, mismatch between environment and us, evolution of virulence & how humans affect this, pregnancy sickness, how humans interfere with evolution's hard work - Fever & Iron supplements.
Lecture 19 & 20: Culture - Nature/nurture, gene-environment interactions, cultural evolution, human behavioural ecology, cultural capacity as a trait.