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The behavior of animals is a specific study that deals with why animals behave in a certain way. Learning this will help you understand how the physiology and anatomy of animals can affect its behavior.

Taking this [course_title] will provide you the key concepts in studies of animal behavior. This course focuses on etiology and basic concepts in sociobiology, which are discussed with the supplementary materials given to the students.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: MIT

Course Curriculum

Module: 01
Introduction to animal behavior and how it is studied 00:50:00
Introduction to ethology 00:05:00
Ethology and Konrad Lorenz’ Jackdaws 00:49:00
Fixed action patterns and central nervous system 00:50:00
Innate behaviors, motivation and fundamentals of ethology 00:52:00
Module: 02
Lorenz on fundamental ethology, part 1 00:51:00
Lorenz on fundamental ethology, part 2 00:49:00
Lorenz on fundamentals of ethology, part 3 00:46:00
Evolution and the development and plasticity of behavior, part 1 00:36:00
Evolution and the development and plasticity of behavior, part 2 00:53:00
Module: 03
Communication and Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert, part 1 00:26:00
Communication and Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert, part 2 00:27:00
Foraging behaviors 00:49:00
Anti-predator behavior 00:27:00
Mating and reproduction 00:51:00
Module: 04
Sociobiology 00:51:00
Genetic influences on social behavior 00:39:00
Sociobiology, mating behaviors and scientific method 00:39:00
Discoveries of sociobiology 00:48:00
Discoveries of sociobiology (cont.) 00:46:00
Module: 05
Critique of cultural determinism 00:44:00
Sociobiology and culture; Practical issues and sociobiology 00:46:00
Triumph of sociobiology and learning 00:47:00
Konrad Lorenz on learning, part 2 00:50:00
Konrad Lorenz on learning, part 3 00:13:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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