This course is at the advanced level, but is suitable also at the end of your Bachelor-studies. The objective is that you get a good understanding for animals and their behaviour. The course book is Animal Behavior (9th ed. by Alcock), which has a pronounced evolutionary approach, but the course also includes classic ethology. Topics dealt with include how to perform behavioural studies, reproductive behaviours and mating systems, animal communication and social behaviours, cognition, ethology of domestic animals, human behaviour, animal ethics, animal welfare etc.
The studies are full time and include e.g. lectures, seminars and projects.
The course has several projects, some shorter and one longer at the end of the course. Shorter projects are pre-arranged by the teachers, whereas the long one includes planning on your own, presentation etc. The studies may be on wild animals, domestic animals, or animals in zoos or labs.
Two one day excursions are included in the course (one to a bird lake, one to a zoo).
There is a written exam at the end of the course, but the projects are also included in the grading.
This course constitutes an excellent basis for further studies of animals, e.g. in zoology or ecology, and is well suited for students aiming work with animal welfare or with a general interest in animals.
Animal Behavior (9th ed. by Alcock)
The course will be given during the second part of the spring semester.