Ethology is the study of animal behavior in the natural environment.
Ethology is one of the most important and fundamental courses in your curriculum. Without a reliable knowledge about animal behavior, we can’t expect to create a gratifying relationship with our pets or the animals we train. Some of the content is at an advanced level and requires increased dedication from your part. The course’s final test focuses on the most important points—so don’t worry if a few questions seem to be harder to understand. You will appreciate them better once you continue your studies. You should, preferably, have taken evolution before you enroll in ethology.
Course level: Intermediate to advanced.
Content of the textbook and course
Roger Abrantes wrote “Ethology—the study of animal behavior in the natural environment” for his students as their primary textbook on this all-important topic. The book is a must for everyone seriously interested in understanding animal behavior—and the best possible introduction to this fascinating subject-matter. You can take this course as part of a program granting a diploma or as a single course.
“Ethology” is an appealing and beautifully illustrated book. It addresses its questions to the point with sound, scientific explanations. It is not cluttered with footnotes. The author chose to keep all references to an extensive list at the end of the book. You read it as fluently as a novel—its narrative is compelling. The on-line version, which you get when you enroll in this course, has the advantage of giving you all updates at no extra course. Once you enroll in this course, you can return anytime you like, re-read the book or check the updates. If you like, you can also attempt to achieve a better test score.
Chapter 1 Ethology—history and principles.
Chapter 2 Genetics and behavior.
Chapter 3 Evolutionary strategies.
Chapter 4 Sexual behavior.
Chapter 5 Instinct and learning.
Chapter 6 Communication.
Chapter 7 Social behavior.
Chapter 8 Agonistic behavior.
Chapter 9 Animal economics and intelligence.
Chapter 10 Evolutionary perspectives.
Taking the course
Studying: Watch the movies. Read the textbook (included in the course as a flipping-page online book).
One-on-one online tutoring: click “Contact Course Teacher” whenever you have any question.
Test: take the tests when you feel ready for it. You may take a test as many times as you like. Once you’ve passed the final test, you can print your duly signed and stamped course certificate.
Fee: 128 EUR. (Currency converter)