Being Social

Why are so many animals social? Why is there so much variance in social behavior across the animal kingdom? And what good is being social anyway? In this course, we will learn about the ecology and evolution of key social behaviors – such as fighting, finding a mate, dominance hierarchies, and cooperation – to understand how these behaviors evolved and how they function. This course will incorporate discussion, lecture, activities, writing, and running short experiments. The main goals of this course are (1) to increase science literacy and (2) to tie together ecological and evolutionary thinking in order to understand animal social behavior.

Course Number: 
BIOLOGY490S Spring2021 Being Social
Course Level: 
400-499
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Crosslisting Numbers: 
EVANTH490S
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Course Notes: 
Spring 2021 offering