• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Population Studies, Psychology, Biology
Mating and Parenting: Evolutionary Ecology of Human Reproductive Strategies (BIAN2133)

This course surveys our current understanding of the behavioural ecology of human mating and parenting strategies. As such, its perspective is evolutionary, covering comparative, theoretical, and empirical aspects of reproduction-related adaptations, including mate choice, intrasexual competition, marriage, parental investment, sexual conflict, and parent-offspring conflict. Particular attention will be paid to: (a) whether an evolutionary approach helps explain the diversity of human reproductive strategies across time and space, and in both small-scale and WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic) societies; (b) the relationship between reproductive behavior and health; and, (c) the importance of ecological context, and the interplay between biology and culture, in shaping reproductive strategies.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. Master basic principles related to the evolution of mating and parenting and childcare adaptations in humans and other animals.
  2. Discuss the idea that evolutionary theory can help explain variation in parenting and childcare behaviour within and between human societies.
  3. Develop a critical perspective on an independent study topic related to the evolution of parenting and childcare.
  4. Explain a topic or argument in the field orally using a selective case study approach.
  5. Interpret material from a range of scholarly sources relevant to a topic or argument in the field, balancing general argument and evidence.

Indicative Assessment

Essay, 3,000 words (55% in total) [Learning Outcomes 3 & 5] with an assessed development cycle including:

- One-page problem statement, 200 words (5%)

- Tentative bibliography, 750 words (10%)

- Rough draft, 1000 words (5%)

- Final draft, 3000 words (35%)

Three quizzes, 10% each (for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

Tutorial presentation, 6 min (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2 & 4]

Participation (5%) [Learning Outcome 3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of Biological Anthropology (BIAN) or Biology (BIOL) courses, or with permission from the course convener. Incompatible with BIAN6133 or BIAN2131 or BIAN2132 or BIAN6521 or BIAN6132.

Majors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9248 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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