Study Programmes 2017-2018
Social ethology
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)3
Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)3
Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)3
Lecturer :
Pascal Poncin
Coordinator :
Pascal Poncin
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
Learning unit contents :
History of the evolutionary theory in relation to social behaviour (socio-biology and socio-ecology). Mechanisms of sexual selection and social stuctures - Altruism, nepotism, parental investment, kin recognition, infanticide. Transmission of information - social learning - collective decision making within animal social groups. Social network analysis.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
Discuss the question of animal 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 :
A visit of the Prof. Brick's beehives will be organized during the second term (dates will be specified later).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
8 sessions of 2 hrs of teaching class and and seminars (included: 2 interventions by Dr. Delcourt and Prof. Brick).
3-4 sessions of 2 hrs : theoretical lectures based on bibliographical syntheses, individual supervision of personnal synthesis and discussion on oral communication.
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 :
See section Modes of delivery.
The dates and schedule will be specified at the beginning of the second term.
Contacts :
Fany Brotcorne: 04/366.51.12
Pascal Poncin: