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Undergraduate Course: Evolution of Social Behaviour (ZLGY10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaZoology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCooperation and therefore complex, stable sociality is a Darwinian paradox. This course will investigate how, despite this, elaborate social behaviour and advanced cooperation has evolved from teams of genes cooperating within genomes, to the sophisticated extremes of social insect colonies and the peculiarities of human social life. The course will start by identifying the underlying genetic conflicts, both within individuals at the genomic level, and between individuals interacting within a society. It will then examine the strategies adopted by both genes and individuals to maximise their own success while minimising the risk of exploitation by others. This will include detailed exploration of the different forms of cooperation; will examine the gap between theoretical and empirical analyses; will review recent controversies regarding the importance of kin selection; and will assess the role of information exchange within societies in stabilising conflict. The course will culminate by identifying the major unresolved questions in our understanding of social evolution, and the empirical approaches required to provide robust answers
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  26
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 66 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Evolution of Social Behaviour2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Focussing on social behaviour, students will gain skills in using empirical evidence to test theoretical ideas, and in the critical assessment of both theory and evidence.
Assessment Information
Centrally arranged examination
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordszosocbeh
Contacts
Course organiserDr Matthew Bell
Tel: (0131 6) 50 5496
Email: Matt.Bell@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Pat Dougall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5464
Email: pat.dougall@ed.ac.uk
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