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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand and use correct biological terminology
  2. explain the difference between asexual and sexual reproduction
  3. have an understanding of why sexual reproduction evolved
  4. identify the various animal (and plant) mating systems
  5. recall specific examples of species from each of the mating systems
  6. outline and understand evolutionary processes
  7. read and understand scientific papers in the sexual selection literature.
    • Animal reproduction
    • Human reproduction
    • Plant reproduction
    • Guest lectures
  • Study resources

    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links


Any four subjects at level 1

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students must have access to MS PowerPoint and Excel

This subject is designed to appeal to a broad diversity of students, from those studying science to those in anthropology, arts, communication, education, psychology, sociology, etc. Indeed, we hope it will engage all students with an active interest in being alive! A scientific background is not required for students taking this subject, but we hope to provide students with a scientific approach to understanding sex. This subject takes a broad approach, using examples (some quite bizarre) from the animal and plant worlds. At the same time, it covers in depth the sexual biology and behavioural science of our own intriguing species.

  • Weekly questions (20%)
  • Poster (30%)
  • Quizzes (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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