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300039 VO An Introduction to ethology (2021W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 05.11. 11:30 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 0.037, Ebene 0


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides an overview of how humans first started to think about evolution and animal behaviour. We trace the footsteps of Charles Darwin and his voyage, the hallmark discoveries of Jane Goodall and other primatologists, and award-winning Nobel research in ethology by Konrad Lorenz, Karl von Frisch and Niko Tinbergen. We use the Tinbergen model of proximate and ultimate levels to ask and answer questions and you will gain practice to do so. The lectures cover topics including how to define and measure evolution, how to ask questions in animal behaviour, and how we can use insights from animal behaviour to conserve species.

Assessment and permitted materials

Online exam consisting of multiple choice questions. Max 60 minutes.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50% on the exam.

Examination topics

The lecture ppt and oral presentation (German)

Reading list

The lectures on ppt will be available on Moodle.
I recommend the textbook „Animal behaviour“ by John Alcock.

Association in the course directory

UF BU 03

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