This module will consider what altruism is, what motivates
people to behave in an altruistic way, mechanisms for social
exchange and how helping relationships develop.
To do this the module will draw on many different schools of
thought, including empiricist philosophy, evolutionary
sociobiology, rational economics and game theory.
By the end of the module, you should be able to:
- explain different definitions and conceptualisations of
- describe the key motivational elements that can be used to
explain altruistic behaviour
- list the principal approaches to studying interpersonal
cooperation, including philosophical, psychological, economic,
social, evolutionary and neuroscientific perspectives
- explain the basic principles that underlie social exchange