On June 2, 2014 the University of Melbourne will be offering a course on Animal Behaviour. The course will last 8 weeks and there are no pre-requisites required. It is in English with English subtitles so the course should still be manageable if you’re hearing impaired.
Topics covered include:
- Behaviour, Ecology and Natural Selection
- Genes, Environment and Learning
- Finding food and avoiding predators
- Sexual selection and sperm competition
- Mating systems and sex allocation
- Parental care and conflict
- Social behaviour
"The class will consist of lecture videos, which are broken into small chunks of 10-15 minutes in duration (total lecture video content per week 1-1.5 hours). In addition to the weekly lecture videos, there will be a number of ‘researcher meets’, where students can interact with current researchers in animal behaviour in a live video discussion forum.
The lecture videos contain 1-2 integrated quiz questions per video (which are not graded). There are weekly graded homeworks, which take the form of multiple choice quizzes, and a peer-graded writing assignment.
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, copies of the texts (most of which can be obtained for free), and the time to read, write, discuss, and enjoy some extraordinary accounts of fascinating animal behaviour.”