- Code BIAN6132
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Evolution and Ecology
In this course students will consider extent to which the bodies, brains, and behaviour of humans and their closest living relatives have been shaped by sexual selection. Attention will be paid to the variety of mechanisms driving this evolutionary force, including but not limited to mate choice and direct competition with same-sex rivals for mating opportunities. The exploration begins with the historical context of the idea in Victorian England and touches base with controversies ranging from infidelity and extrapair copulation, to the extent to which violence in small-scale societies can be explained as a strategy for procuring mates. Students will examine the roles of biology and culture in shaping human lives, and on understanding claims about human evolution in primary versus popular literature.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Master basic and advanced principles related to sexual selection and its role in shaping human and primate evolution.
- Discuss with some expertise the strengths and weaknesses of accounts of human evolution in the primary and popular scientific literatures.
- Explain an advanced argument about sexual selection in poster and/or presentation format.
Indicative AssessmentTwo quizzes (15% each for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Two primary literature critical essays, 1500 words each (15% each for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1 & 2]
One popular literature poster assignment, 1000 words (30%) [Learning Outcome 3]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcome 2]
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WorkloadTwo hours of lecture and one hour or tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit an additional 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9884||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|