Cours Muséum

Teaching objectives

To provide students with theoretical and empirical knowledge on the evolution of growth, reproduction and survival in humans.
To understand how human societies have incorporated genetic, biological and behavioural traits into the construction of their social organizations.


Students must have a master 1 in biology, ecology or demography, or an equivalent
medical degree

targeted skills

key words

Anthropology, demography, biology, génétic, écology

Teaching outline

  • Population biology and Life-history theory – Diversity of the life-cycles, main concepts in ecology and population biology; measures and models in population dynamics and evolution.
  • Human life-history and demography – Humans amongst mammals and primates; human demographic history.
  • Infancy and childhood – Biological, behavioral and cultural determinants of mortality and growth; early life effects.
  • Adult reproductive life – Adolescence, mating choices, marriage practices; males and females fertility and fecundity; evolution of menopause and andropause.
  • Old ages and senescence – Aging in modern population; ecology, genetic and biology of aging; evolutionary theory of senescence; allelic spectrum of old age diseases in humans.

scientific head

Samuel Pavard, maître de conférence MNHN

UMR 7206 - Biodémographie humaine

Organisation of the course

Date : 16th-20th of November 2020

Number of hours : 30

Delivery type :

Classroom, teaching resources might be available on the MNHN distance-learning platform.

Course given in English.

Location : à venir

Registration fees

Individual : 300 €

Public sector: 600 €

Private sector : 1200€

Student of PHD student outside the Alliance Sorbonne Université : 150 €

Student of PHD student Sorbonne Université: free

MNHN employees : free

Registration and contact

Registration are open and will close 3 weeks before the start of the course.

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