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PRIMATE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY (Anthro 310)
Nancy Krusko, Beloit College

PRIMATE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY (Anthro 310) Beloit College, Wi
      
      	Instructor: Nancy Krusko
      	Beloit College
      	Anthropology
      	700 College St.
      	Beloit, WI 53511
      	USA
      	Tel: 1-608-363-2368
      	Fax: 1-608-363-2718
      	Email: kruskona@beloit.edu
      
      (Spring, 1995)
      Office: 111 Godfrey, ext. 2368
      Office Hours: Mon. 11-12:00pm, Tues. 3-4:00 pm, and by appt.
      
      
      INTRODUCTION
      
      The target audience is mainly upper division antropology students
      who are interested in biological anthropology and upper division
      biology and psychology students. Some of the students take the
      course to fulfill a requirement for their interdisciplinary minor
      in behavioral studies. There are generally 15-20 students in the
      course. Since Beloit is a small liberal arts college with 1100
      students, this is both a healthy enrollment and indication of the
      level of interest in the primates.
      
      BACKGROUND:
      
      The purpose of this course is to examine the natural
      history of the nonhuman primates from an evolutionary, ecological, and
      social perspective. We will begin by surveying the primate order, and then
      we will assess the behavioral characteristics and grouping patterns of each
      major group in light of modern evolutionary theory. Next, using a
      historical lens, we will explore various topical issues and paradigms
      confronting primatology today. Also, we will briefly focus on the methods
      used by primatologists in order to study both behavior and ecology.
      Finally, we will consider issues in primate conservation.
      
      Course material will be presented in lecture, discussion, and video/film
      format during the scheduled class time (MWF, 10:00-10:50 am). A basic
      background in biology is necessary for this course. If you find yourself
      having difficulty, please see me for assistance.
      
      The Fourth Hour: Occasionally, the fourth hour, Tuesday from 11:00-11:50
      am will be used to further explore class topics, to present of additional
      information, to review for exams, and for video/film presentations. I will
      give you advanced warning as to when we will be using this time period.
      Your participation in this fourth hour will greatly contribute to your
      overall success in the course.
      
      READINGS:
      
      The text for this course is Primate Paradigms: Sex Roles and
      Social Bonds by Linda Fedigan. In addition, to this text, I will also ask
      you to read chapters from Primates in Nature by Alison Richard, The
      Evolution of Primate Behavior (2nd ed.) by Alison Jolly, and various other
      journal articles or book chapters that are on reserve in the library.
      Key to reading the course outline:
      
      F=Fedigan, Primate Paradigms, J=Jolly, Evol. of Primate Behavior, and R=
      Richard, Primates in Nature. The numbers following the initials refer to
      page numbers in those books you are to read. Additional required readings
      are on reserve in the library, and are listed in the course outline by the
      authors' last name and the date of publication.
      
      EVALUATION:
      
      Two midterm exams (Feb. 17; Mar. 31 ) 50 pts. each
      Final exam (May 9) 100 pts.
      Term project proposal (Mar. 20) 20 pts.
      Term project (5-7 pages) (Apr. 24) 60 pts.
      Oral presentation of term project 25 pts.
      Class participation 25 pts.
      Semester Total 330 pts.
      
      TERM PROJECT:
      
      I will provide a handout for you several weeks into the course explaining
      what I want you to do for this assignment. I want
      you either to write a book review or critique of an article in the area of
      primatology that is of interest to you, research a topic in primatology and
      provide an annotated bibliography, or even design a project that could be used
      by grade school or high school teachers on a particular aspect of theory in
      primatology. In general, what you do for the project is very flexible. You
      can negotiate with me individually about your choices. You may work with
      another individual from the course or in a small group;however, each of you
      will have to produce your own 5-7 page paper.
      
      COURSE OUTLINE
      
      JAN 17 Introduction to the course F: 4-8; 15-25
      18 Aims and methods of primate study R: 1-21; Ribnick, 1982
      20 Primates: learned and innate behavior F: 27-38
      
      JAN 23 What is a primate? F: 8-13;
      Napier&Napier
      Chapts. 1 and 3 in
      Nat. Hx of the
      Primates
      
      25 Classification and distribution of primates J: 3-29;
      Rosen's taxonomy
      27 Why be social? F:39-49; Terborgh, 1984
      
      JAN. 30 The prosimian primates R: 291-299
      
      FEB. 1 New World monkeys F:253-262; R:299-304
      3 Old World monkeys: Cercopithecines F: 215-227; 237-244;
      248-252; R: 304- 319
      
      FEB 6 Old World monkeys: Cercopithecines cont'd
      8 Old World monkeys: Colobines F: 244-248; R: 320-322
      10 Old World monkeys: Colobines cont'd
      
      FEB 13 Lesser Apes F:262-265; R:331-334
      15 Review for Midterm
      17 Midterm Exam I
      
      FEB 20 Chimpanzees and bonobos F: 227-234;
      22 Chimpanzees and bonobos cont'd R: 322-326; 334-341
      24 Gorillas and orangutans F:Chapt.5; R: 326-331
      
      FEB 27 Grouping patterns and social structure J: 115-139; Altmann &
      Altmann,1979;Rowell,1979
      MAR. 1 Diets and foraging strategies J:45-71;87-113;
      
      Glander, 1977,
      1981
      
      3 Use of Space J:154-177; Crockett &
      Wilson,1980; S.
      Curtin,
      1976
      Midterm Break: March 4-12
      
      MAR. 13 Ecology and videos Richard, 1981;Terborgh
      
      & Janson
      15 Competition, aggression, and reconciliation F: 71-89
      17 Reproduction and mating systems F: 137-151
      
      Term paper proposal due March 20
      
      MAR. 20 Male competition and female choice F: 269-285; Smuts, 1986
      (Sexual compt.& mate
      choice)
      
      22 Dominance F:91-107;Smuts,
      Fedigan 1983
      
      24 Sociobiology and sex roles F: 287-306
      
      MAR. 27 Infanticide in primates F: 298-299; Curtin &
      
      Dolhinow, 1978;
      Hrdy,
      
      1977; Vogel & Loch 1985
      29 The life cycle F: 173-211
      31 Midterm Exam II
      
      APR. 3 Mothers, infants, and ontogeny F: 199-211; Luft &
      Altmann,1980
      5 Play and socialization J: 401-413
      7 Sex differences in behavior F: 155-174
      
      Videos (Rock a Bye Baby, Rhesus Play)
      
      APR. 10 Demography J: 218-243
      12 No Class Students' Symposia
      14 Communication J:192-217:Cheney et
      al. 1986
      
      
      APR. 17 Theories for the evolution of human behavior F: 307-321
      19 Methods for behavior observation Altmann, 1974
      21 Primate conservation Mittermeir and Cheney
      1986
      
      
      APR. 24 Synthesis and review (Term project due April 24)
      25 Oral presentations
      26 Oral presentations
      28 Oral presentations
      
      MAY 1 Oral presentations
      3 Oral presentations
      
      MAY 9 Final Exam (9:00 am-Noon)