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BL4263   The Question of Culture in Cetaceans

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The existence and extent of social learning and cultural transmission in non-humans is a very active area of current research, as well as of controversy, with an active ongoing debate. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to this area through considering the conceptual issues and direct and indirect evidence for cultural transmission in cetaceans, the whales and dolphins. We will consider what is meant by the term 'culture', how it can be studied in non-humans, and the evidence for and against such processes being present in cetacean societies.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3319

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 10 x 2-hour seminars over 6 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 130

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Existing Coursework = 60%


Module teaching staff: Dr L Rendell