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Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology  BI216F


Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology BI216F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Undergraduate
Course type Specialization for BSc in Biology Elective for MSc in Aquculture and MSc in Marine Ecology.
Start semester Spring 2021
Year of study 2nd study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

The course covers the following main topics: The history of evolution and behaviour, genetics and evolution, foraging and antipredator behaviour, social behaviour and organisation, sexual behaviour, sexual selection, communication, mating systems parental care, cooperation between individuals, individual differences, and choosing where to live.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The candidate:

  • Has a broad knowledge of topics and problems in evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Has knowledge of the history and different topics in evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Knows basic principles in behavioural ecology.
  • Is familiar with research and developmental work in behavioural behaviour.
  • Knows how to update their own knowledge in behavioural ecology.



The candidate will:

  • Can explain the most important theories of evolutionary behavioural ecology
  • Can explain behaviour of animals from an evolutionary point of view.
  • Can reflect on issues from an evolutionary point of view.
  • Knows the appropriate tools and techniques to communicate effectively with others with a similar background.


General competence

The candidate will:

  • Can address and solve professional problems within the field of evolutionary behavioural ecology.
  • Can communicate evolutionary behavioural ecological theories and opinions, both orally and in writing, in a manner with other biologists.


Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

Lectures and seminars.
BI122F Genetics and evolution, BI123F Ecology, BI124F Cell biology and Biochemistry, BI125F Biodiversity.

Course evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system.

Assessment and examinations

Overlapping courses

BI216F-001 Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology - oral examination - 7 study points.
BI216F-002 Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology - presentation - 3 study points.
BI216F-001 Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology - oral examination - 10 study points.
BI143F Ethology, behavior and communication - 6 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto

Included in these studies



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Aquaculture and ecology and ecologyHalf-year programme and shorter
Ecology and Northern Wildlife and Northern WildlifeHalf-year programme and shorter
Aquaculture and ecology and ecologyHalf-year programme and shorter