Study Programmes 2015-2016
Version 2014-2015
Social ethology
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master in Biology of organism and ecology, in-depth approach3
Master in Psychology3
Lecturer :
Marie-Claude Huynen
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
History of the evolutionary theory in relation to social behaviour (Darwinian theory, socio-biology and socio-ecology). Mechanisms of sexual selection and social stuctures, altruism, nepotism, parental investment, kin recognition, infanticide....
Learning outcomes of the course :
Discuss the question of social behaviour in the context of evolution. Proceed to the critical examination of recent developments. Bibliographical synthesis and oral presentations
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
General ethology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Theoretical lectures and seminars based on bibliographical syntheses
Recommended or required readings :
Reading file of selected chapters and articles
Assessment methods and criteria :
Bibliographical synthesis (70 %), oral presentation and discussion ((30%)
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
4 sessions of lecture of 2hours, followed by the individual supervision of personnal synthesis and discussion on oral communication.
Contacts :
Marie-Claude Huynen : 04/366.51.12