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Course Description

Do you love watching nature documentaries but wish David Attenborough would tell you more? If so, this course is for you. This survey course will cover the foundations of animal behavior—from bees to baboons, mechanisms to evolution. We’ll tackle some of the most fun and intriguing questions in the field: How can cooperation evolve? Why do male birds tend to be flashy and females "drab"? How do animals find food and evade predators? And what is behavior, anyway? Classes will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and activities. We will focus on a different topic every week, and you will have the opportunity to suggest topics that you’d like to learn about. Topics will include how behavior evolves, mechanisms of behavior, learning, how to eat but not get eaten, sexual selection, mating systems, and social behavior. Soon, you’ll be narrating the nature documentaries . . . to the awe and/or woe of your friends and family. | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Active participation; Viewing videos
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