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300010 VO Social Systems (2016W)

Social Systems in vertebrates with special emphasis on mechanismus - behaviour - brain-personality-stress, etc.

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie

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Language: German

Examination dates



Termine; UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien
24.11.2016 von 9.00-15.00 Uhr im ÜR 3
25.11.2016 von 9.00-15.00 Uhr im ÜR 4
15.12.2016 von 9.00-15.00 Uhr im ÜR 3
12.01.207 von 9.00-15.00 Uhr im COSB-Seminarraum


Aims, contents and method of the course

Living with conspecifics seems to be the default option in vertebrates; the basic neuronal and physiological structures and functions were conservatively maintained from the advent of gnathostome fishes till today, over at least 450 mio years of Phylogeny. In the homoeothermic vertebrate phyla (birds and mammals) we see an increasing role of cognitive mechanisms in decision making and impulse control and vice versa, social complexity became an important driver of big and able brains. The course will start with an overview over the patterns of social systems in animals including humans and will mainly concentrate to the on the structures and Mechanisms employed in sociality.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam (max. 60 min), with 5-6 questions (no multiple choice), resulting in max. 10 points per question. At least one of the questions refers to the papers discussed during the course. The date of the first exam (approx. 1 week after the end of the course will be discussed in the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Aims are to provide evolutionary explanations for living together and to integrate evolutionary functions with proximate mechanisms. This is also meant as an alternative view to the outdated nature-culture debate and to purely milieu theoretical approaches.

Examination topics

Ppt presentation (will be made available via moodle), discussions, integration of scholarly key peer review publications.

Reading list

Ein Querschnitt durch die möglichen Lehrbücher wird in der VL besprochen.
Grundlegende Prinzipien in: KOTRSCHAL, K. (2014). Einfach beste Freunde. Warum Menschen und andere Tiere einander verstehen. Wien, Brandstätter.
Eine Auswahl wichtiger Originalarbeiten wird den registrierten Hörern über Moodle zugängig gemacht, desgleichen gegen Ende der VL die vom Vortragenden verwendete ppt Präsentation

Association in the course directory

MVN W-6, MZO W-2, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04,

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