Universität Wien FIND

300600 VO Vertebrate Social Systems II (2017W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: German, English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 21.10. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 3
Sunday 22.10. 09:00 - 14:00 Übungsraum 3


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.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam in German or English, answering in both languages possible. The exam consists of open questions, which have to be answered in short sentences.
Permissible resources; None

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the exam a minimum grade ‘4’ is required
Grading key:
30 – 28 Points Grade 1
27 – 25 Points Grade 2
24 – 22 Points Grade 3
21 – 19 Points Grade 4
18 – 0 Points Grade 5

Examination topics

The exam is based on the lecture overheads. These will be made available to students at the end of the lecture via Moodle. To receive a minimum passing grade (i.e. 19 points), a completely correct reflection of information contained in the overheads suffices. For receiving any of the remaining grade points is reached through implementation of learned information, for example by interpretation graphs of a scientific publication. Here a relevant question is given.

Reading list

No additional literature necessary.

Association in the course directory

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

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