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This subject provides advanced critical appraisal of contemporary and controversial issues in population biology, including terrestrial and marine population ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavioural ecology. Each week, students will provide a seminar of a particular issue (reflecting a fundamental idea or a controversy of competing ideas or empirical evidence), which will form the basis of subsequent critical discussion. The choice of issues will be determined at the start of the subject.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to provide students with:
- a detailed understanding of selected contemporary issues in population biology, including evolutionary and population ecology;
- the capacity to appraise critically theoretical concepts and empirical tests of those concepts;
- the capacity to articulate complex biological ideas in both an oral and written format;
- an appreciation of the significance of these topics in a broader picture.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:
- demonstrating the breadth of knowledge gained in an particular discipline;
- developing the ability to exercise critical judgement and rigorous and independent thinking;
- professional level oral and written communication and presentation skills;
- leading group discussions of complex issues, and providing persuasive intellectual arguments;
- providing critical appraisal of draft documents;
- time management and self-management skills.
Last updated: 6 December 2019