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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 2310 - The Natural History of Chimpanzees and the Origins of Politics


(PBSS-AS)      
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

A. Clark Arcadi.

This course will examine the natural history of wild chimpanzees with an eye toward better understanding the changes that would have been necessary in human evolutionary history to promote the emergence of human culture and political life. After an overview of early research and preliminary attempts to apply our knowledge of chimpanzee life to social and political theory, the class will focus on our now extensive knowledge of chimpanzees derived from many ongoing, long-term field studies. Topics of particular interest include socialization, alliance formation and cooperation, aggression within and between the sexes, reconciliation, the maintenance of traditions, tool use, nutritional ecology and social organization, territorial behavior, and the importance of kin networks. The question of whether apes should have rights will also be explored.



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