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Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-04 - 2021-06-18

The course covers the following main topics: The history of evolution and behaviour, genetics and evolution, foraging and antipredator behaviour, social behaviour and organisation, sexual behaviour, sexual selection, communication, mating systems parental care, cooperation between individuals, individual differences, and choosing where to live.


Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology

Recommended prior knowledge

BI122F Genetics and evolution, BI123F Ecology, BI124F Cell biology and Biochemistry, BI125F Biodiversity.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The candidate:

  • Has a broad knowledge of topics and problems in evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Has knowledge of the history and different topics in evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Knows basic principles in behavioural ecology.
  • Is familiar with research and developmental work in behavioural behaviour.
  • Knows how to update their own knowledge in behavioural ecology.


The candidate will:

  • Can explain the most important theories of evolutionary behavioural ecology
  • Can explain behaviour of animals from an evolutionary point of view.
  • Can reflect on issues from an evolutionary point of view.
  • Knows the appropriate tools and techniques to communicate effectively with others with a similar background.

General competence

The candidate will:

  • Can address and solve professional problems within the field of evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Can communicate evolutionary behavioural ecological theories and opinions, both orally and in writing, in a manner with other biologists.


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