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Michael D Beecher
Seattle Campus

Comparative Animal Behavior

Research methods and findings of comparative animal behavior, their importance to an understanding of human behavior; rationale for study of behavioral differences/similarities between animal species, behavior viewed as part of adaptation of each species to its natural habitat. Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 300.

Class description

The course is designed to give you an understanding of the way in which evolution -- and natural selection in particular -- shapes behavior and psychological processes. Social behavior receives special attention, since evolutionary theory makes unique, and often counter-intuitive, predictions in this area. The course emphasizes concepts. Our goal is to teach you how to apply an evolutionary approach to the study of the behavior of animals, including humans.

The course website is The user name and the password are the same: 200notes

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture course, discussion encouraged.

Recommended preparation

An interest in animal behavior.

Class assignments and grading

Textbook (= John Alcock, Animal Behavior, 9th edition), exams.

Average grade in this course is usually in the 2.7-3.0 range.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Michael D Beecher
Date: 07/09/2009