Course Description

Course Name

Philosophy and Mechanisms of Evolution

Session: VRMS3121

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Based on the latest research developments of the classic Darwinian theory, the course describes the possible mechanisms by which natural environment shaped, and social environment fine-tuned, the human body and the human mind in the long course of evolution. The close links that can be traced between sexuality, the arts and other branches of human culture, and their biological background are highlighted. About twenty percent of the teaching sessions will be devoted to the practical application of scientific, statistics-based methods to assess working hypotheses concerning different aspects of evolutionary biology and the course will feature a session of laboratory research work on biology, aesthetics and sexual selection, elaborating data collected in the course of an on site visit to a local Museum or Art Gallery.

*Course content subject to change