The evolutionary approach to the study of behaviour is of crucial importance to understanding its adaptive value. Hence, the Course is aimed to allow the student to:
- Acquire the essential knowledge and tools to analyse classical and more recent topics of the ecology of animal behaviour (knowledge and understanding).
- Acquire and apply the principle of the discipline by using also a methodological and an experimental approach allowing to critically analyze case studies and suggest adequate hypotheses to interpret and study behavioural processed tackled during the Course (Applying knowledge and understanding ) (Making judgements)
The Course deals also with the biological bases of social behaviour in animals (including humans). For this specific part, at the end of the Course the student should be able to:
- Understand the selective pressure that determined the development and evolution of different social systems in different taxa (Knowledge and understanding).
- Understanding and critical interpretation of causes and consequences of living together, and of the conflicts and cooperation phenomena that occur among members of social groups (Making judgements).
Therefore, the student will acquire the basic concepts of behavioural ecology and sociobiology and will become confident with its methodology learning to:
- Adequately approach and study eco-ethological problems.
- Identify connections among studied topics and linking them to basic or similar disciplines.
- Update knowledge by adequate and critical bibliographic search
(Learning skills) (Making judgements)