(24 Lectures, 10 Tutorials)
Why do we do what we do? What factors play a role in shaping our personality? What biological and social
elements help configure a person’s moral and emotional character? In this course, we examine landmark studies that
shook standard beliefs about human nature in their time. We analyze those studies in their historical context and
discuss their relevance to social, ethical, and policy debates. The studies may include research on mother love,
obedience, conformity, bystander intervention in emergencies, deception, race and gender stereotypes.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)