- Code BIAN2119
- 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, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Biology
All primates (non-human and human) have the capacity for flexible biological responses to environmental change. Due to the wide range of environments in which primate species are found this flexibility often results in extreme adaptability in diet and food intake. This course looks at this dietary flexibility and how it may impact or limit nutritional intake across time and space and in turn how this may impact issues of health and population viability. Using both cross-species and cross-cultural comparative approaches this course will specifically explore how nutrition relates to disease dynamics and health in various physical environments across all primates, both extinct and extant. The main sections of the course will include exploring the adequacy of different diets, issues of both malnutrition and overnutrition, and the impact of nutrition for reproduction and growth in both juvenile and adolescent periods. It will also consider how changing environments alter nutritional intakes to potentially impact population health in new ways. Finally, it will consider the methodological challenges of studying nutrition in living or dead primates (human and non- human) to highlight how this may affect our interpretations of the relationships we discuss throughout the course.
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:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify key facts and commonalities between concepts relating to nutrition and disease;
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in nutrition, epidemiology and adaptability through the use of cross species and cross cultural comparisons;
- Understand basic principals from current research papers in subjects relevant to nutrition and disease and evaluate the effectiveness of the methods and theories used;
- Use a selective case study approach to explain a topic or argument in the field orally, in a clear, concise, analytical and evidence-based manner; and
- Draw together material from a range of scholarly sources relevant to a topic in the field, to form a unified text which sets out an independent and, where appropriate, critical assessment of that material.
Indicative AssessmentOne 500 word Essay proposal (5%) (LO 1,2,5)
One 2000 word essay (30%) (LO 1,2,5)
One 30 minute Tutorial presentation (in groups of 2) (15%) (LO 4)
Four 300 word Tutorial portfolio assignments (5% each x 4 = 20%) (LO 3)
Two x 45 minute midterm exams (15% each x 2 = 30%) (LO 1,2)
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Harrison, G., Tanner, J., Pilbeam, D. and Baker, P. Human Biology, Part IV, 3rd edn, Oxford UP, 1988.
Ashcroft, F. Life at the Extremes, Harper Collins, 2000.
McMichael, T. Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease, Cambridge UP, 2001.
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