Spring 2020 - ARCH 344 E100

Primate Behaviour (3)

Class Number: 5745

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    EDB 9643, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Birute Galdikas
    drbirute.pongo@gmail.com
    778.782.3225
    Office: EDB 9612
    Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-4:00PM and by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The evolution of the primate order and the ecology and behavior characterizing the different grades of primates: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Current trends in interpreting primate behavior are emphasized. Students with credit for ARCH 333 Special Topics in Archaeology II: Primate Behaviour may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course examines the evolution of the primate order and the ecology and behaviour characterizing the different grades of primates: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Current trends in interpreting primate behaviour are emphasized.  

1. Introduction: primates as models for hominid evolution; history of primatology; what constitutes a primate.
2. Field methods in primatology - observing wild primates in their native habitats.
3. Primate evolution and behaviour - an overview of tree shrews and prosimians.
4. Primate evolution and behaviour - an overview of the New World monkeys.
5. Primate evolution and behaviour - an overview of the Old World monkeys.
6. Primate evolution and behaviour - an overview of the apes.
7. Sociobiology - theories and problems.
8. Old World monkeys - social behaviour and ecology.
9. Lesser apes - social behaviour and ecology; the tropical rain forest.
10. Great apes.

Grading

  • First Test 20%
  • Second Test 30%
  • Library Report 20%
  • Third Test 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Napier, J. R. and P. H. The Natural History of the Primates 1997 MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts Paperback **Note: This book is out of print but will be available at the SFU Bookstore as custom courseware.
ISBN: 978-0-840-03428-1

Atsalis, Sylvia A Natural History of the Brown Mouse Lemur 2008 Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
ISBN: 978-0-1324-3271-9

Porter, Leila M. The Behavioral Ecology of Callimicos and Tamarins in Northwestern Bolivia 2007 Pearson Prentice Halkl, Upper Saddle River, N.J. **Note: This book is out of print but will be available at the SFU Bookstore as custom courseware.
ISBN: 978-0-8400-7474-4

Pruetz, Jill, D. E.  The Socioecology of Adult Female Patas Monkeys and Vervets in Kenya 2009 Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
ISBN: 978-0-1319-2787-2

Silvey, Anita. Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans. 2019. National Geographic Children’s Books.
ISBN: 978-1-4263-3357-6

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.


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