POLS 484 Life, Nature and Politics

A survey of past and current approaches in the social sciences which try to understand social and political institutions by paying special attention to the fact that human beings are living entities that interact with nature. The focus will be on contemporary sociobiological research which tries to analyze language and communication, social hierarchies, gender relations, moral and religious values, and the formation of habits and customs by models borrowed from the life sciences. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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