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Animal Behaviour, 15 cr


Course description

This course gives you a good understanding for animals and their behaviour. Topics dealt with include

  • how to perform behavioural studies
  • reproductive behaviours and mating systems
  • animal communication and social behaviours
  • cognition
  • ethology of domestic animals
  • human behaviour
  • animal ethics
  • animal welfare

The studies are full time and include e.g. lectures, seminars and projects.


The course has several projects, some shorter and one longer at the end of the course. Shorter projects are pre-arranged by the teachers, whereas the long one includes planning on your own, presentation etc. The studies may be on wild animals, domestic animals, or animals in zoos or labs.


Two one day excursions are included in the course (one to a bird lake, one to a zoo).


There is a written exam at the end of the course, but the projects are also included in the grading.

And then ...

This course constitutes an excellent basis for further studies of animals, e.g. in zoology or ecology, and is well suited for students aiming work with animal welfare or with a general interest in animals.

Syllabus (pdf)

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Study coordinator

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor
Education office

Telehone: +46 46-222 37 28
E-mail: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator

Anders Brodin
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 41 43
E-mail: Anders [dot] Brodin [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature


Course period

The course is offered during the second part of the spring term.

The language of instruction is English.


Preliminary schedule (pdf)

Resit exam occassions

Resit exams