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Animal Behaviour

University of Oxford

3 months
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300 GBP/full
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About

Why do animals behave the way they do? In this course we will look at the full range of behaviours found in the Animal Behaviour kingdom, from simple escape behaviours to complex tool use and their evolution.

Overview

The study of Animal Behaviour at University of Oxford, less than 100 years old as a scientific discipline, has demonstrated that behaviours, similar to anatomy and physiology, have been shaped by evolution, while at the same time many behaviours show an astounding flexibility that allow individuals to learn and change throughout their life.

Learning outcomes

Thus the study of animal behaviour is not only shedding light on the range of fascinating behaviours found in nature, but it also increases our understanding of our animal companions and ultimately of ourselves. In this course, we will explore of a wide range of behaviours, while at the same time getting a comprehensive introduction to evolutionary thinking. During the course we will be using examples from a broad range of animal groups including, foraging in spiders, social behaviours in ants, learning in dogs and tool use in birds and mammals.

Programme Structure

Course aims

To explore the variety of different behaviours found in a broad range of animal groups.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Achieve an overview of the different types of animal behaviours and understand how proximate and ultimate explanations can be used to provide a theoretical framework.
  • Understand how evolutionary thinking and the scientific analytical approach are applied to the study of animal behaviour.
  • Apply this knowledge to analyse and understand behaviour in both wild and domestic animals.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

10 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.

Funding

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