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To Start: Lonely 10 minutes
Write a lonely hearts add on
the behalf of a male or
female looking for a mate to
Base it on what, according
to evolutionary theory, men
and women look for in the
opposite gender. Also think
about how you are going to
portray yourself in order to
attract a response…
Today we will consider…
• The final evolutionary concept ; Cognitive
• How can the evolutionary approach to gender
be evaluated in terms of A02?
Task: Read all about it.. 5 minutes
Controversy as Women are proved to be better
than Men at empathising and interpersonal skills
In pairs discuss:
How might evolutionary theory explain
Why might females be better than
males at interpersonal interaction and
Cognitive Style: E-S Theory, Baron-Cohen (2002)
Women are better at empathising (understanding what
other people think and feel).
Men are better at systematising (understanding and
building a complex set of related things).
This difference may be due to selection
pressures. Males develop better hunting
strategies than females. Men who can
systematise with greatest precision
would be at an evolutionary
Cognitive Style: Tend & Befriend
Taylor et al (2000): Women are also better at
interpersonal matters and relationships.
In ancestral humans females would face
more stress than men by having to protect
themselves and their young offspring.
It would have been an advantage to group
together with other family units.
In times of stress females tend and befriend.
Males become defensive.
Task: Point. Evidence. Explain. Link
Create a PEEL for each evolutionary
- Division of Labour
- Mate Choice
- Cognitive Style
For each one:
1) Make an evaluative point.
2) Find some evidence.
3) Explain what the evidence suggests.
4) Make a link back to evolutionary
theories of gender.
When you’ve completed the sheet, jot down
synoptic A02 points.
To Finish: Fill in Freud!
Freud hasn’t been paying attention
throughout the lesson and needs ‘filling
in’ on what he’s missed.
Each of you must think of one thing to
tell Freud about from today’s lesson.
Only the person holding Freud can
When you have finished, choose the
next person, pass Freud over to them
and tell them whether to give Freud an
A01 or A02 point.
Homework: For Next Monday 25th
Read the article and complete revision
table for next lesson (Monday!)
‘The Evolution of Gender Roles’ by