21 July 2017
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Evolution and Sexual Selection
The theory of evolution constitutes a powerful explanation of the interrelatedness and diversity of living organisms on planet Earth. This module aims to provide students with a full introduction to modern evolutionary theory and the forces of selection that drive evolutionary change.
The module will be enquiry-based and research-oriented. There will be a strong focus on sexual selection, mating systems and the roles of the quality and quantity of potential mates; using examples from a wide range of plant and animal systems. Key concepts will be introduced via mini-lectures and evaluated in small group sessions, through discussion of case studies.
In addition, students will be given the opportunity to design and conduct a laboratory study with a model species, and take part in an end of course symposium.
Kevin Fowler is a Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. He organises and teaches a module in evolutionary genetics for second year Biological Sciences undergraduates.
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area and a background in mathematics.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
Have gained the ability to identify key aspects of the process of evolution and describe how varying selective forces drive evolutionary change;
Be familiar with the concept of sexual selection and have gained an understanding of the potential impact of variation in mate quality and quantity;
Have gained the ability to dissect complex behaviours into their constituent elements and to devise testable hypotheses about traits;
Have gained the ability to design and conduct an original laboratory study;
Have gained the confidence and skills necessary to present research findings to an audience.
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL
GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1000 per 3-week Session.
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