This course will introduce you to how behaviour of animals is studied and the (relatively young) history of this field. We will look at the origins (ultimate cause) of behaviour; the function of behaviour in an animal’s survival and reproduction, and how behaviours evolve over evolutionary time. We will also look at the proximate causes of behaviour; what triggers behaviours and what is the role of ontogeny (organismal development)? Although the basis of behaviour lies in neurobiology and the brain, these will not be discussed in detail in this course. We will discuss the role of memory and learning in relation to animal behaviour.
• Gain an understanding of how animal behaviour is studied • Understand what triggers behaviour and the importance of behaviour in an animal’s chances of survival and reproductive success • Describe types of selective forces that shape the evolution of behaviour • Understand the role of memory, learning and imprinting in behaviour • Gain a general knowledge of the development of the field of animal behaviour and how it is linked to related fields such as neurobiology and psychology
BIO2005 Evolutionary biology BIO2004 General Zoology* * As this course is offered for the first time in Spring 2015, students can get a waiver if they did not (yet) take General Zoology.