Core module: "Social behavior and communication" (12 C, 14 SWS) [M.Bio.308]

Learning outcome: Basic knowledge of social behavior, communication and cognition of animals, especially primates. Overview of methods used in this field of research. Application of comparative methods of analysis. Integration of current scientfic research in a historical context.

Core skills: Design and realization of behavioral studies, project management, computer-based data collection, statistical analyses, presentation of scientific issues in oral and written form.

Courses and examinations
1. Lecture: "Social behavior and communication" (2 SWS)
2. Seminar: "Social behavior and communication" (2 SWS)
3. Methods course: "Social behavior and communication including a two-week excursion" (10 SWS)

Prerequisite for examination: Continuous participation in seminar and lecture,


  • protocol (max. 20 pages, 66% of the grade which includes participation during the methods course)
  • oral presentation (ca. 15 min, 33% of the grade)

  • Selection options

    Admission requirements
    Core module M.Bio.306 or key competence module M.Bio.346 "Introduction to behavioral biology" is required.

    Number of repeat examinations permitted

    Module applicable in the following degree programmes
    MA Developmental, Neural, and Behavioral Biology

    Course frequency: Academic Term
    Each summer-semester

    One semester

    English; German in agreement with participants

    Maximum number of students

    Workload: 360 h (196/164 h, Attendance time/Self-study time)

    Person responsible for module
    Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer, Prof. Dr. Julia Ostner