This course is discontinued

BIO4100 – Human Behavioural Ecology

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to human ecology in perspectives from our past. Features from human evolutionary past are presented through comparative studies, particularly by fossil and recent primates. The behavioural approach use modern theory to view different characteristics of humans. It is focused on the understanding of different types of adaptation.

Learning outcome

The students will through lectures and discussions get an overview of human behavioural ecology and evolutionary background, a significant insight for interdiciplinary understanding and development in the science of human ecology.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Some biological insight recommended.

Overlapping courses

BIO272 (6 credits points)


Lectures and seminars.


Written exams (3 hours) in early June. Letter grade.

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Facts about this course




The course was given for the last time Spring 2007.
This course is replaced by BIO1010 – Human Behavioural Ecology (discontinued)


Last possible semester to take the exam was Spring 2009.

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