Biology of Human Behaviour

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WBLS19018
Vaknaam Biology of Human Behaviour
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Biology of Human Behaviour
Leerdoelen A better understanding of the behaviour of the animal that is Homo sapiens, based on the biological approach to human behaviour. The course unit covers three fields:
1. function and evolution of behaviour
2. development of behaviour in the growing individual
3. behavioural regulation mechanisms

The latter two fields include both normal and pathological aspects (e.g. relationship with premature birth, ADHD, depression, etc.).

The content varies from year to year but will usually include the following:
methodology of human behavioural observation; evolution of Homo sapiens; human behavioural ecology; altruism; cross-cultural comparison (pre-post-industrial cultures); regulation and evolution of language; the biological clock; early development of brain and motor skills; non-verbal communication; partner choice. Some of the lectures are taught in English. The practical is different each year but usually studies the function and mechanism of communication or the biological clock.
Omschrijving Learning outcomes (knowledge):
1. General knowledge of the nature of human behavioural biology.
2. Understanding the patterns of human behaviour and the degree to which these correspond with those of other animals and to which they are unique.
3. Understanding the cross-fertilization between behavioural biology, psychology, the humanities and anthropology.

Learning outcomes (skills)
1. Critical evaluation of the literature about human behaviour.
2. Experience in conducting human behavioural research and being a test subject.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(A pass for the course requires a pass for the practical (small research assignment and presentation))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. A.G.G. Groothuis
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.W. Beukeboom , Gastdocent(en) ,dr. R.H. Geuze ,dr. M.C.M. Gordijn ,prof. dr. A.G.G. Groothuis ,prof. dr. M. Hadders-Algra ,dr. R. Jonkers ,dr. B.J. Riedstra ,dr. S.A. Sprenger
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Entreevoorwaarden No entrance requirements
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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