• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alison Behie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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A program of directed readings and regular discussions on a sub-field of Biological Anthropology concerned with primatology and/or palaeoanthropology, normally corresponding approximately to the syllabus of one of the core or compulsory courses in the Biological Anthropology Grad Dip or MA coursework. Students already well qualified in a given sub-field may be offered a more advanced or more specialized program in that sub-field, or a program in a different sub-field. The designated topic coverage will be specified by memorandum from the co-ordinator to the Arts Faculty office on an individual basis, and will be included on the student's transcript.  An individual student may take the course more than once, subject to non-overlapping topic coverage.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The course aims as described above to bring a graduate in a cognate discipline to at least the same level of expertise in the relevant subfield as an honours student would have, and potentially to prepare him/her an MA thesis in it. 

Other Information

Topic for Semester 2 2016

Title: Fossils, Bones, Teeth and Tools: Clues to the lives of our ancestors

Description: In this course, students will learn about the different ways that fossils, bones, teeth and stone tools can be used to infer the behaviour of our hominin ancestors. In the first part of the course we will review the fossil hominin and archaeological record and will cover some of the key theoretical concepts relevant for reconstructing the behaviour of our ancestors. We will then turn our attention to sexual dimorphism and size variation in our fossil hominin ancestors and ask questions about whether we can reliably reconstruct aspects of the social behaviour of extinct hominin groups. During the final part of the course we will examine what teeth can tell us about hominin life history and diet, what stone tools can tell us about the cognition and behaviour of our extinct hominin ancestors, and explore the genetic evidence for interbreeding among our more recent hominin relatives. 

Indicative Assessment

Assessment items to be negotiated, with a guide line of 5,000-6,000 words in total across all written assignments.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4415 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9435 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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