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Evolution of Natural Systems

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Kod przedmiotu: BSTS-EvoluNatural Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Evolution of Natural Systems
Jednostka: Biuro do spraw obsługi projektu "Interdyscyplinarne studia doktoranckie STŚ"
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

Cosmological, chemical and biological evolution; biological roots of cultural evolution. The origin of Earth and life on earth; features of living things making Darwinian evolution unavoidable; biological evolution based on random mutations and natural selection; sexual selection, kin selection and the evolution of cooperation; anthropogenesis and cultural evolution; biological roots of human conscious, behavior and culture.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The course will start from cosmological evolution (discipline: physics, chemistry and astronomy) then most of time will be spent on biological evolution (discipline: biology), and finally some basics will be taught on biological roots of human conscious, behavior, culture (disciplines: biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology). Studying cosmological evolution will allow to understand the origin of Earth as a cradle of life. Then ideas on natural origin of life will be presented, with the focus on the feature of living things that allow biological Darwinian evolution. Current state of evolutionary theory will be presented, with the focus on the mechanisms that allowed the evolution of conscious, culture and human behavior (sexual selection, kin selection, evolution of cooperation). Finally, current views on anthropogenesis and on switch from biological to cultural evolution will be presented to the students and studied by the students. The leading question on human evolution will be: Modern societies – educated people with Paleolithic brains and minds?

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

Basic materials:

1. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

2. https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~ejchaisson/cosmic_evolution

3. http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/evolvingplanet/carb.asp

4. Stephen Stearnes (Yale University) lectures on evolution, http://academicearth.org/courses/evolution-ecology-and-behavior

Additional Reading (recommended items will depend on the background of particular participants):

1. Stearns & Hookstra – Evolution – Oxford University Press, 2005 (selected chapters)

2. Andrew Whiten – The Evolution of Culture, http://darwin.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/whiten.pdf

3. Robin Dunbar, Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language. Faber and Faber Ltd., 1996.

4. Peter Gardenfors, How Homo Became Sapiens: On the Evolution of Thinking. Oxford University Press, 2003.

5. J. Diamond:

a) The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (1991)

b) Why is Sex Fun? (1997)

c) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997)

d) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005) – lecture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IESYMFtLIis

6. Matt Ridley:

a) The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (1993)

b) The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation (1996)

c) Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (1999)

d) Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, & What Makes Us Human (2003)

Efekty kształcenia: (tylko po angielsku)


Students should know and understand basic mechanisms and outcomes of the evolution of Universe and biological evolution. They should understand biological roots of human conscious, behavior and culture.


Students should be able to capture basic differences in the mechanisms of three evolutions: cosmic, biological and cultural. They should be able to critically read texts on biological evolution, and to defend evolutionary theory against attacks of creationists and intelligent project prophets.


Understanding basic difference between cosmological, Darwinian and cultural evolution. Understanding crucial role of Darwinian evolutionary theory for biology; students should be eager to defend it. They should acquire a custom of looking at biological and social phenomena through the glasses of evolutionary theory.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Lecture – tutors: Dr hab. Leszek Sokołowski, prof. UJ; Prof. Jan Kozłowski

Number of hours: 3

Method of evaluation: Written exam at the end of the course with questions checking not only knowledge, but mainly understanding.

Condition of credits: 50% of final grade; at least 50% of maximal possible number of points as pass requirement.

Discussion meetings – tutors: Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski, Prof. Jan Kozłowski

Number of hours: 5

Method of evaluation: Written tests based on recommended sources (web pages, book chapters, etc.).

Condition of credits: 12 points; at least 50% of maximum possible number of points as pass requirement.

A seminar in the form of a four-hour mini conference – tutors: Dr hab. M. Czarnołęski, Prof. J. Kozłowski

Number of hours: 4

Method of evaluation: Assessment of oral presentation with computer-based slides (presentations prepared by small groups).

Condition of credits: Presence at each of two-hour modules 1 point, presentation 0-12 points; at least 50% of maximum possible number of points as pass requirement.

Exercise classes – tutor: Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski

Number of hours: 4

Method of evaluation: Assessment of active participation by the tutor.

Condition of credits: Presence at each two-hour module 1 point, activity 0-2 points for each module; minimum 2 point as pass requirement.

Additional information about method and condition of credits: Pass requirements: not less than 50% from the written exam, minimal required points from other components. Final grade: 50% written exam, 50% points from all other components.

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