2023-2024 / BIOL1064-1

Behavioural primatology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Fany Brotcorne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of the course is based on the illustration, on the one hand, of the diversity (morphological, ecological, behavioural) which characterizes the non-human primate order, with a focus on its functional and evolutionary aspects, and on the other hand, of the multidisciplinary scope offered by the field of primatology (e.g. evolutionary biology, tropical ecology, ethology, conservation, animal cognition, anthropology). Through the introduction of a series of questions and theories relating to the evolution of behavior, social organization and cognitive abilities of primates, students are led to describe interspecific diversity and relate it to the ecological context and selective pressures. The challenges of primate conservation and human-primate conflicts are also addressed through the illustration of case studies.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Emphasis on the knowledge of the diversity of primates, from their taxonomy, social structures and organization, to their cognitive and social capacities. Develop a comparative approach between non-human primate species. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

no prerequisite

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

For the theoritical course: lecturers (schedule available on CELCAT, class mainly scheduled on Friday pm during Q1).

Optional: attending the one-day Belgian group for Primatology meeting and "Journée Faune" at Gembloux (in november).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Green code: Theoretical lectures in class (check the room on CELCAT).

In orange code, face-to-face class will be combined with a simultaneous videoconference of the class recorded on Teams. The podcasts of the lectures will be available on e-campus. 

Recommended or required readings

Slides powerpoint and scientific papers available on e-campus. Video of recorded lectures  via Teams during remote classes will also be available on e-campus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

If red code: Oral exam by videoconference (Teams)

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Optional: two additional days are proposed for the Journée Faune at Gembloux Agro Bio-tech and the Belgian Group for Primatology meeting.


Fany Brotcorne : fbrotcorne@uliege.be (04/366.51.12)

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