The theme of human behavior holds many possibilities for teachers to develop interdisciplinary

learning opportunities. Many themes in the curricula of subject areas deal with human behavior

explicitly or implicitly. Many objectives of education in general, and of education for sustainable

development in particular, aim to promote in students the ability to act responsibly, to take the

perspectives of others, and to develop social-emotional competencies. At the same time, many

social problems, from xenophobia to mental health, to problems of sustainable resource use, have

in common that they are causes and consequences of human behavior. Furthermore, we humans

across cultures generally have a great interest in human behavior - intuitively and almost every

second we perceive human behavior in everyday life, and we are constantly thinking about its

causes and consequences.

In this module, we therefore explore how we can convey the diverse concepts, research methods,

and insights of the interdisciplinary behavioral sciences (including behavioral ecology and biology,

behavioral economics, evolutionary anthropology, psychology, sociology) within individual

subject areas, as well as for interdisciplinary teaching.

The module is divided into two phases. In the first phase, we introduce a diversity of cross-cutting

concepts and methods and we will explore various teaching materials on these topics. In the second

phase of the module participants choose a concrete topic and work individually or in small groups

to develop a lesson on which they get feedback from the other participants.

This module is offered in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary

Anthropology, the Leipzig Zoo School and the project EvoLeipzig.

The conversation language during seminars is English, however, most materials are available in

English and German.