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School of Psychology
CLINICAL DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
PSP7078478, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CLINICAL DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
PS1088, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANDREA-SIGFRIDO CAMPERIO CIANI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Prerequisite
students should know elementary fundaments of genetics and biology that if missing can be acquired studying text suggested in class.
Target skills and knowledge: teaching goals

In the first section this course introduces fundamental concepts regarding evolutionary theory and adaptation applied to animal and human behavior. It follows eco-ethology and behavioral ecology approaches, which deal with behavioral responses of animals to environmental challenges such as : territorial behavior, avoiding predation, feeding behavior, sexual, reproductive and social behavior. In the third section we will explore behavioral strategies using theory of games, we will investigate the adaptive value of emotions, details of sociobiology and sexual selection issues.
Examination methods: Teaching strategy and methods

During lectures we solicit student partecipation and discussion, in the first lectures the teaching pact will be presented and discussed including scientific objectives requirements, benefits and professional perspectives. Whenever possible other researchers will be invited to share their research experience with animal behavior. Every year in parallel to theoretical lectures we organize field research experience to explore field research methods, environmental monitoring, showing that a psychologist can be efficently employed in programs of sustainable development, including human wildlife interaction. These field experiences both in human ethology, ecology and environmental monitoring will be conducted with GEA NGO (International association for the study and conservation of ecosystems) and the laboratory of Psychology applied to ecology and cooperation (PACE).
Assessment criteria: We offer two different modes of evaluation the first only for students attending all lessons that will be a presentation in Power point on a subject agreed with the student, and a subsequent paper relative to the presentation. The other mode will be a written exam followed by an oral one during the conventional exam session (the first modality depends of course on the number of attending students)
Students will be evaluated on the first modality based on clarity completedness of the topic assigned and on the quality of the paper presented, and also on the participation as discussant to the presentation given by the other students.
Course unit contents: classical ethology:Evolutionary theory applied to human behavior, the ethogrqam, observational methods, field data collection and analysis methods, behavior genetics, environment and behavior, evolution of signals and communication, evolution of language.
eco-ethology: Comparative method, multiple hypothesis method, feeding strategies, territory and predation defense, optimization theory, evolutionary stable strategies, social behavior and theory of games.
etology and sociobiology: theory of evolution applied to sociality and adaptive value of sociality, eusociality, comparative perspective of primate sociality.
Reproductive strategies and sexuality: partenogenesis and sexuality, origin of sexual behavior, parental strategies and reproductive investment, reproductive disinvestment, infanticide, and mating strategies such as polyginy, promisquity, monogamy and poliandry.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During lectures is fundamental student's partecipation to discussion and debates. In the first lectures the teaching pact will be presented and discussed. Whenever possible animal behavior researchers will be invited to share their experiences and methods.Every year in parallel to theoretical lectures we organize field research experience to explore field research methods, environmental monitoring, showing that a psychologist can be efficently employed in programs of sustainable development, including human wildlife interaction. These field experiences both in human ethology, ecology and environmental monitoring will be conducted with GEA NGO (international association for the study and conservation of ecosystems) and the laboratory of Psychology applied to ecology and cooperation (PACE).
Additional notes about suggested reading: J ALCOCK Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, 10th Edition 2012 sinauer,ny.

in alternative only to students attending the course texts will be distributed in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J. Alcock, etologia un approccio evolutivo. bologna: Zanichelli, 2007. terza edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • J Alcock, animal behavior an evolutionary approach. N Y: sinauer, 2012. thenth edition Cerca nel catalogo