- Code BIAN1001
- 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 Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Zoology, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Anja Deppe
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course takes an evolutionary approach to understanding human origins and behaviour. The course covers the mechanisms of evolution including concepts related to genetics, speciation, variation, natural selection and adaptation. Particular attention is paid to (a) the study of living non-human primates in the context of human evolution and behaviour, (b) how the fossil record of human relatives over the last 6-7 million years can be used to reconstruct the evolution of human behaviour, and (c) understanding the variation in human skeletal biology and human behaviour using evolutionary principles.
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:
- explain basic principles related to the evolution of humans, including those relating to primatology, palaeoanthropology and human behavioural ecology;
- discuss the idea that evolutionary theory can help explain variation among humans;
- prepare and develop a critical perspective on an independent study topic related to human origins;
- explain a topic or argument relating to human origins and the evolution of human behaviour in a comparative context; and
- interpret material from a range of scholarly sources relevant to a topic or argument in the field, balancing general argument and relevant evidence.
Indicative AssessmentTwo Essays (30% each for a total of 60%). [Learning Outcomes 3 & 5]. Assessment for each essay will be staged as follows:
a) Essay proposal: 250 words (5%)
b) Final essay: 1500 words (25%)
Final examination: 2 hours (held during the formal examination period) (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1 & 2]
One 15-minute tutorial presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2 & 4]
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Workload130 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.
Prescribed TextsHow Humans Evolved (7th Edition). Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk, W. W. Norton & Company.
An etext version of this textbook is available.
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