Number of credits
|Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)||3 crédits|
|Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)||3 crédits|
|Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)||3 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
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
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%)
See section Modes of delivery.
The dates and schedule will be specified at the beginning of the second term.