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BIO4005 – Primate Behaviour and Ecology

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Course content

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of primatology and a comparative framework for understanding behavioural evolution of primates. It focuses on linking ecological influences to behaviour and understanding the diversity of adaptations in the Primate order. The first part of the course will be an introduction to primate taxonomy and evolution, the second part will analyse the behavioural ecology of representative species of the order, and the third part will focus on great apes including humans.

Learning outcome

The students will learn about animal behaviour, which is necessary for doing a master on this subject, with a focus on primate behaviour. The students will learn that behaviours once seen as exclusively human are actually present in living apes and in other primates and we will question the uniqueness of humans. The seminars will be based on critical evaluation of the required literature and active participation in discussions.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Previous knowledge in biology will be useful


The course will consist of lectures and seminars in week 34-39.
Lectures will be given by the instructor and students will discuss the required literature during seminars. First lecture is compulsory.


Students must attend at least 80% of the session
Final Written exam (3 hours) in week 39

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Taught for the last time autumn 2016


Autumn 2016

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