Partnering and Parenting: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Human Relationships

EVANTH240S

Examines current patterns of human mating and family dynamics across cultures from interdisciplinary perspective. Using guest lectures from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, field exercises, problem solving assignments students apply biological, societal and institutional knowledge and methods to address questions in three main areas:

  1. How much does biology determine mating and parenting behavior?
  2. How much do institutions determine mating and parenting behavior?
  3. Can anyone be a "good" mate or "good" parent?

Each section is tied to ethical questions such as "should governments define what it means to be a good parent?" Problem-centric approach will guide discussion. One course.

Crosslisting Numbers: 
SOCIOL216S
ETHICS272S
Curriculum Codes: 
CCI, EI, NS, SS, STS