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Cultural evolution: theories and observations

This course aims at tearing down barriers between disciplines. We welcome students from the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences. The course introduces theory on cultural change from different subjects and shows how methods like computational modelling and experiments can be applied to understand human and social phenomena.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
universityadmissions.se

 

Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve. In good time before registration, you must check if you are qualified with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register. If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you submit a rebate as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course.


Updated general information about teaching with regards to the pandemic will be published latest 15 December, at the link below. Course specific information can be found in the schedule published on this page latest one month before the course starts. 
Read more about the teaching at BIG in regards to the pandemic


Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from Universityadmissions.se if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Terms
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility

Registration

Our courses generally apply online registration (for internships and research internships, see below). To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in spring 2021:

  • Registration for all courses opens 28 December and closes one week before the course starts.
  • Degree projects at the advanced level are open for registration throughout the semester.

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

If you have been accepted or placed as a reserve in one of our traineeship or research traineeship courses, you should contact the examiner for the course (see "Course structure" on this page), and you will then receive a template for writing a work plan. Once you have written the work plan and had it approved by the examiner, we will register you on the course (no online registration). Do not forget to check that you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above).

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at Universityadmissions.se before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course.

Declining your place at universityadmissions.se

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships or research traineeships see more information above.

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

su.se/big/english/

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Kulturell evolution

The course gives an overview of patterns of cultural change and the diversity of theories and methods used in research on cultural evolution. You will analyse differences between humans and other animals and what lies behind the emergence of cultural complexity and diversity. You will learn about how mathematics can be an important tool for theoretical work and how to formalise ideas to generate testable hypotheses. You will also learn about the benefits of interdisciplinary interactions in terms of utilizing knowledge from different disciplines. You will be encouraged to contribute with knowledge from your own field. You will meet fellow students and active researchers from the humanities, social and natural sciences, which is beneficial for future research cooperation across disciplines.

  • Course structure

    The course runs at 50% time in the evening during the first half of the spring term.

    Teaching format

    The course is built up by lectures, seminars, computer labs and exercises. Activities will be scheduled two to three evenings a week. Activities are led by the team of teachers that covers a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social and natural sciences, including cultural evolution, sociology, linguistics, psychology, history of ideas, archaeology, mathematics and biology.

    Assessment

    Assessment will be based on class participation and a written exam.

    Examiner

    Johan Lind

    E-mail: johan.lind@su.se

    Tel: +46 8 16 2747

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    No mandatory course book.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)