Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Examination of human sexual relations and social behavior from evolutionary perspective. Emphasis on theories and evidence for differences between men and women in their patterns of growth, maturation, fertility, mortality, parenting, and relations with members of opposite sex. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 4.0
Easiness 1.8/ 5
Clarity 4.1/ 5
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Most Helpful Review
Fall 2017 - Good: very interesting class (life changing), questions given before exams to prepare, phenomenal TAs, very cheap textbook Bad: 8am, pop quizzes everyday, tremendous study load, could potentially hurt GPA Absolutely life changing class... as another person said this class will totally change the way you view yourself and the world because you learn the ultimate reasons why humans are the way they are; the information you learn in this course is priceless and I think everyone should take this class in general. However, Fessler does not mess around. He gives 1 question pop quizzes right at 8am almost every class (first quiz was the second lecture of week 1), the reading can be very dense and difficult, the study load is absolutely tremendous, and there are many concepts to know. He does give out potential exam questions before the midterm and the final. The knowledge is very interesting and life changing, but truthfully it could semi-hurt your GPA. I worked very hard, read everything, participated in discussion (with Brittnay), went to office hours, was above the curve for the first midterm, and still did not get an A. This was kind of frustrating given how much I was invested in the course and spent a lot of time studying for this class and I loved what I was learning; in the end my answers to the exams mostly were just incomplete. The TAs and Dr. Fessler cannot tell you if your answers to the study guide are incomplete or incorrect. I don't think his lectures were at all disorganized but what helped me is recording his lecture, then listening back and fill in my notes (best strategy is just to listen and absorb the information). This strategy helps the most because he is very intelligent and that kind of smartness is just too much sometimes at 8am. I don't know what I could have done differently to actually get an A (probably make friends with the smart people in class), but I DEFINITELY don't regret taking the course because I will use the information I learned probably for the rest of my life. "Knowledge is power, but not over other, but for yourself" -- Dan Fessler
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