University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Learning and cognitive processes in different species.
In this paper, we will compare the ability of different animal species to remember, communicate, form concepts, recognise themselves in a mirror, possess a theory of mind and engage in episodic memory, planning and mental time travel. The paper is taught as a critical thinking course. You will be taught to challenge dogma and think laterally by reading and criticising original pieces of scientific work.
A large component of the class centres on class discussion of current topics in comparative animal cognition, such as:
-Theory of mind
Assessment: 50% of the final grade will be based on internal assessments (tests and short reports), and 50% will be from the final exam.
Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a paper will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that paper.
Students will be presented with published findings and asked to challenge the design and interpretation of the data. Learning outcomes focus on the development of critical thinking and clear communication skills.
Text books are not required for this paper.
Original articles will be made available.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.