Course: Evolutionary Biology

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Course title Evolutionary Biology
Course code KZO/270
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Zrzavý Jan, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Mihulka Stanislav, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Evolutionary theory, evolution and science, evolution and probability, evolution and history 2. Evidence of evolution 3. Adaptation 4. Selection 5. Evolutionarily stable strategies and origin of the cooperation 6. Evolution and genetics, selfish gene, extended phenotype 7. Gene conflict 8. Altruism and group and kin selection 9. Genetic drift, neutral evolution 10. Lamarckism, epigenetics, phenotype plasticity 11. Sex and evolution 12. Sexual selection

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 45 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 35 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 45 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to introduce Bc. students to (micro)evolutionary mechanisms (selection, drift), adaptations, evolutionary stable strategies, to evolution of cooperation, altruism, and sex.
The graduate of the course of the evolutionary biology has a basic knowledge of the (micro)evolutionary mechanisms (selection, drift), origin of the evolutionary novelties, relations of development and evolution, relations of biological and cultural evolution, and anthropological applications of the evolutionary biology, as well as of the alternative approaches to evolutionary theory (neutral evolution, neo-Lamarckism)
Prerequisites
no requirements or prerequisities

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Written examination consisting of three questions.
Recommended literature
  • Dawkins R. 1998: Sobecký gen. Mladá fronta.
  • Ridley M. 1993: Evolution. Blackwell.
  • Ridley M. 1999: Červená královna. Mladá fronta.
  • Zrzavý et al. 2004: Jak se dělá evoluce. Paseka.
  • Zrzavý et al. Jak se dělá evoluce. 2017.


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