Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)
Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology
Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)

Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology

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.

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

Students from the other study-programs at FBA including Ecology and Arctic Marine Biology also have admission.

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.
In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera.
Elective for BSc in Biology, Bachelor in Veterinary Nursing, Master in Biosciences. Ecology and Arctic Marine Biology, and other studyprograms at FBA.
Lectures and seminars.
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.

There will be:

1) an "oral test exam" with topics from "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. The grade is "passed" or "not passed".

2) a final oral exam from the entire syllabus. The grade is letters from "A" to "F". Each student will have an approximately 20-25 min oral exam. This exam counts 100% of the grade.