Universität Wien FIND

300600 VO Vertebrate Social Systems II (2015W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: English

Examination dates



MI 07.10.2015 von 09.00-13.00 Uhr im ÜR 3
MI 07.10.2015 von 15.30-18.30 Uhr im COSB SR
DO 08.10.2015 von 8.00 - 16.00 Uhr im COSB SR
UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien

Der 1. Termin für die schriftliche Prüfung findet am 02.11.2015 um 10 Uhr im COSB SR statt.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture is complimentary to VO 300027 (Social Systems - Vertebrates with a special emphasis on mechanisms). Contrary to VO 300027, in which the ¿How - questions' of animal social systems are discussed, this lecture will cover the ¿Why'. Since the proposal of the concept "Inclusive Fitness", outstanding progress has been made in the study of the evolution of animal sociality. This lecture will cover the functions of vertebrate social systems, which are based on ecological conditions as well as reproductive strategies of males and females. It will touch on conditions and constraints of social evolution, costs and benefits of social systems, and discuss specific topics that maintain animal sociality, such as e.g. inclusive fitness, flexible strategies, cooperation and competition, social support and helper-systems.

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Association in the course directory

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

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