Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.
- The origins of life, and the logic of natural selection
- Evolutionary psychology: understanding the human mind
- Kin selection and family conflict
- The origins of sex and the mammalian model
- Animal aggression
- Humans as mammals
- Crimes against children
- Jealousy and sex crimes from an evolutionary perspective
- Adaptive function of anger
- Male-on-male status aggression
- Criticisms and misunderstandings of evolutionary psychology
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Web links
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
This is not an introductory subject, it is a third year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first and second year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No special requirements
Please note: This subject is no longer available in 2019.
Life on earth is the product of natural selection. By understanding the process that created human beings and other animals, we can better explain human behaviour across many domains, including crime. This degree presents the logic of Darwinian selection and how that is used by modern evolutionary biologists to explain animal conflict, mating systems, child care, cooperation and group based aggression. These theories and ways of understanding animal behaviour are applied to modern humans to allow us to understand crime in a new way: as the result of a mind designed by natural selection for an evolutionary past that no longer exists. The subject will cover evolutionary explanations of status-related aggression, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, warfare, punishment, and the origins of morality and justice.
- Online Exam (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (60%)
- Minor Essay (20%)