2017-2018 / PSYC1063-1

Social ethology


30h Th

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 


Fany Brotcorne, Pascal Poncin


Pascal Poncin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

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

General ethology

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%)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

See section Modes of delivery.
The dates and schedule will be specified at the beginning of the second term.


Fany Brotcorne: 04/366.51.12 fbrotcorne@ulg.ac.be
Pascal Poncin: P.Poncin@ulg.ac.be