Course No: PSYC.3720-031; SIS Class Nbr: 8903; SIS Term: 2930
Course Status: Open
Comparative psychology is a discipline that explores the behavior of animals, both human and non-human, using evolutionary theory as a unifying principle. The contributions of evolutionary pressures, genetics, development, learning, and social influence will be explored in variety of animal species and cross-species comparisons made where appropriate. Specific topics covered will include causes and development of behavior, control and organization of behavior, behavioral adaptations, mating systems and reproduction, parental care, defensive behaviors, aggression, foraging, communication, and animal cognition. Students will be required to complete a behavioral observation of a non-human species by traveling to a local zoo or using another live animal observation approach approved by the instructor. (e.g.,a zoo's live animal webcam)."
*Chat Hours provide an opportunity for the instructor and students to communicate in "real time". It is an informative and interactive session where course related questions, answers, and discussions take place. While student attendance during chat hours is not required, it is highly recommended. Weekly chat sessions are archived for students who are not able to participate in the live chat sessions at the scheduled times.
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