- Code BIAN2133
- 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, Population Studies, Psychology, Biology
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.
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 principles related to the evolution of
mating and parenting and childcare adaptations in humans and other animals.
- Discuss the idea that evolutionary theory can help
explain variation in parenting and childcare behaviour within and between human
- Develop a critical perspective on an independent study
topic related to the evolution of parenting and childcare.
- Explain a topic or argument in the field orally using a
selective case study approach.
- Interpret material from a range of scholarly sources relevant to a topic or argument in the field, balancing general argument and evidence.
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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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.
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