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Ethology and anthrozoology 2

Welcome to the course in ethology and anthrozoology! The course language is English. However, if no foreign students participate, the speaking language will be Swedish. You can already prepare for the course by searching for authentic cases that could be used in the course. Cases that connects to animal behaviour or interaction with humans. Best wishes Maria and Anna

Zoom-link to course introduction on Tuesday 2nd Nov at 10.30.

Meeting id: 683 3343 2311

Password: 745423

Practical week - week 48
In this course, you are supposed to find a place do to some practical work. It is completely up to you where, but it should connect to the outcome of this course (we are very flexible). The practical period should be at least three full days. Before, you should have produced a plan for the practical week where some details, aim and goals should be stated. As well as contact details to the responsible person. You are covered by the university insurance during these days, as well as on your trip there. Best wishes Maria and Anna

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for HV0186

Academic year 2021/2022

Ethology and anthrozoology 2 (HV0186-M2005) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Ethology and anthrozoology 2 (HV0186-20033) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

HV0186 Ethology and anthrozoology 2, 15.0 Credits

Etologi och antrozoologi 2

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Ethology and anthrozoolog 13.50 1002
Ethological methods 1.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

• 75 credits animal science of which at least 7,5 credits ethology
• 75 credits biology of which at least 7,5 credits ethology
• English 6


The purpose of the course is for students to gain in-depth knowledge in ethology and anthrozoology as scientific subjects and what applications these subjects have in society.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe, discuss and use motivation theories, theories of learning and cognition as well as behavioural ecology to understand animal behaviour,
- use and compare different types of experimental design and observation methods in ethological and anthrozoological research,
- explain, discuss and assess scientific literature in ethology and anthrozoology,
- discuss how human attitudes towards animals have consequences for both animals and humans,
- explain how to become a good communicator / educator towards animal owners and argue for how animal owners can improve communication with their animals,
- independently investigate and convey scientifically based advice on behavioural problems and unwanted behaviour in animals orally and in writing.


The course deals with motivation, learning, cognition and behavioural ecology to shed light on problems that arise in different types of animal husbandry. The students also work with ethological methods that are discussed and compared with regard to advantages and disadvantages when observing different types of behaviours and issues. The course also deals with how evolution and domestication affect our communication with animals. The students analyse and process situations where pet owners experience problems with their animals. Students get to practice independently investigating and giving advice on behaviour and practice communicating with pet owners in different situations. The course contains shorter internships that the student is responsible for organising in consultation with the course leader.

The course includes basic group work according to PBL (Problem-Based Learning), practical elements, lectures, group seminars, as well as project work and many of these elements are compulsory.
Compulsory activities in, for example, exercises, project work and internships.

Within the course, the student practices the following generic competencies: written and oral communication, analysis, problem solving, ethics and critical approach.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Practical elements in the course can consist of internships and study visits. Costs for these may apply.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: BI1226, BI1215, HV0151
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) No obligatory literature in the course
Comments: In this course, students will choose their own relevant literature in relation to the assignments.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor´s programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0186 Application code: SLU-20005 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 100%