Freshman preference seminar; sophomores admitted if space available.
3 units | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA | Class # 27312| Section 01 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP) | ISF | In Person
09/26/2022 - 12/09/2022 Tue, Thu 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at E.D. Stone Edwads Bldg R358
Instructor: Garner, J. (PI)
Preference to freshman. Behavior is what makes animals special (thirsty
plants don't walk to water), but why do animals behave the way they do?
What does their behavior tell us about their inner lives, and about
ourselves? What do lipstick and cuckoos and fireflies have in common?
Why would nobody want to be a penguin? What do mice say to each other in
their pee-mail? Learning how to think about questions like these gives
us a unique perspective on the natural world. Format: Flipped,
Student-centered, Community of learners, with online and in-person
discussion. Discussion and criticism of video examples, and
documentaries, and student presentations. Topics: History and approaches
to animal behavior; development of behavior, from genetics to learning;
mechanisms of behavior, from neurons to motivation; function of
behavior, from honest signals to selfish genes; the phylogeny of
behavior, from domestication to speciation; and modern applications of
behavior, from abnormal behavior, to conservation, to animal welfare,
and animal consciousness.