Ped6121/PubH 6121/Anthro 8810 On Aggression and Related Topics

The course Ped6121/PubH 6121/Anthro 8810 on aggression and related topics, taught by Michael Potegal, Ph.D, will be offered Tuesdays 10:10 AM – 12:05 PM in Spring 2009.


A 2 credit lecture-seminar course, Ped6121/PubH 6121/Anthro 8810, will be offered Tuesdays 10:10 AM – 12:05 PM in spring 09 through the Medical School, School of Public Health and Department of Anthropology. This course will cover areas of research on conflict, aggression, anger and violence in humans and other animals. Students are expected to develop an understanding of current studies of biological bases (e.g., aggression as evolutionary adaptation, genetic and brain mechanisms), development (e.g., tantrums, trajectories of aggression, bullying, influence of the media), behavioral expression (e.g., roles of environment, learning and motivation, sex differences, personality and psychopathology), and social interactions (e.g., cultural differences, criminal violence, warfare and genocide.) The course will be open to graduate students and to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

The instructor will be Michael Potegal, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics and Neurology. As a behavioral neuroscientist, Prof. Potegal worked on brain mechanisms of aggression; as a clinical neuropsychologist he now studies children’s anger and tantrums. Expert guest lecturers will present a few of the special topics.

Course Prerequisites

Graduate students and, with permission of the instructor, junior and senior undergraduates in the biological and social sciences, e.g. anthropology, educational psychology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, zoology. Also, students in the Institute for Child Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and School of Social Work are also welcome. Having taken at least one course in psychology is recommended
For further information and/or course permission numbers, contact Prof. Potegal at:

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