Advanced Topics in Primate Behaviour - SE993

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR N Newton-Fisher







The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of primate behaviour and ecology, and how this allows us to better understand the evolutionary biology of human behaviour. Set within an evolutionary framework, this course combines established findings with the latest research. Seminars will critically examine classic and recent journal articles, considering the quality of research and presentation, and the utility of models derived from primate studies for understanding specific aspects of human behaviour.


This module appears in:

Contact hours



Spring Term

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 100% Coursework: 1. a 4000 word extended essay (80%) and 2. seminar participation (20%)

Indicative reading

Fleagle (2013) Primate Adaptations and Evolution, 3rd Edition, Academic Press, San Diego.
Krebs, Davies & West (2012) Introduction to Behavioural Ecology 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
Campbell et al. (2010) Primates in Perspective. 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Strier (2011) Primate Behavioral Ecology. 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Dolhinow & Fuentes (1999) The Nonhuman Primates. Mayfield, London.
Richard (1985) Primates in Nature. W.H.Freeman, London.

Learning outcomes

1 An advanced understanding of evolutionary theory as it applies to primate behaviour.
2 An advanced understanding of the ways in which primates interact with one another & their environments.
3 Knowledge and understanding of the patterns and principles that account for the variation in ecology and behaviour of primates, using
examples from a wide range of species.
4 A clear appreciation of the use of primate models to understanding human behaviour
5 An understanding of methods of data collection and analysis common to primate behavioural studies.

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