The module covers the causation, function, development and evolution of animal behaviour. Topics covered include natural selection, inclusive fitness, group-living, individual differences (or personality), the evolution of sex, sexual strategies, mating systems, and the evolution of intelligence and human cognition. Non-human primates are given special emphasis with reference to implications for humans. Students gain experience of designing and conducting an observational study of animals.
Semester availability: Spring
Coordinator: Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith
SCQF Credit: 20
SCQF Level: 10