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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course Evolution Today

5 readings
5 readings
Meet the instructors & the team2m
Leiden University: Facts & Figures10m
Study tips for studying online5m
Community Guidelines 5m
What is your learning path?5m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Do we change?

5 videos (Total 20 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Natural Selection4m
Natural Selection in the Field4m
Dialogue6m
Sexual selection4m
5 readings
Evolution is Everywhere5m
Observe it with your own eyes!10m
Online lab simulated evolution30m
Eyes, HIV and Human Body Height10m
Science evolves5m
5 practice exercises
Natural Selection2m
Natural Selection in the Field3m
Human Evolution2m
Sexual Selection4m
Test your knowledge10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

How do we change?

5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
DNA4m
Mutation4m
Dialogue2m
Evo-devo8m
2 readings
Imperfect weasels10m
Gene Switches10m
4 practice exercises
E-tivity: translating a short human gene15m
E-tivity: mutations in human genes15m
E-tivity: playing with Hox-genes5m
Test your knowledge15m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Who is this "we" anyway?

6 videos (Total 35 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
6 videos
Levels of Organization4m
Selfish Units8m
Supressing Selfishness6m
Promoting Collaboration7m
Discussion7m
5 readings
The false allure of group selection by Steven Pinker30m
Distinguishing between Selfish DNA and The Selfish Gene1m
Selfish cells30m
Video lecture on behavioral evolution by Robert Sapolsky1h 30m
Green beards and eusociality in the Red Imported Fire Ant20m
6 practice exercises
Units of Selection5m
The Good of the Species5m
Single Round Prisoner's Dilemma5m
Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma10m
Hamilton's rule5m
Test your knowledge30m
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Top reviews from Evolution Today

By YYSep 7th 2017

Excellent course! REALLY informative and the exercise questions are helpful in understanding the concepts!

By VVMay 29th 2017

Interesting, good examples and case study, whole content of the course is good.

Instructors

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Menno Schilthuizen

Prof. Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University
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Maurijn van der Zee

Dr.
Leiden University
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Rutger Vos

Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

About Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis is the natural history museum of the Netherlands and the national research institute in biodiversity. We collect, conserve and study animals, plants and rocks. Our collection now contains 37 million objects and that makes it one of the largest in the world. And it is still growing each day thanks to the worldwide fieldwork of our researchers and many amateur scientists....

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