- Code BIAN6119
- 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 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 an advanced knowledge of fundamental concepts in nutrition, epidemiology and adaptability through the use of cross species and cross cultural comparisons;
- Demonstrate an understanding of principals from current research papers in subjects relevant to nutrition and disease and use them in the development of their own written and verbal arguments
- 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;
- Synthesize tutorial readings and their own case study to generate insightful questions for class discussion; 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 critical assessment of that material.
Indicative AssessmentResearch Essay and Presentation:
- One 4000 word research essay (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6]
- One 15-minute conference style presentation of research essay (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Two x 45-minute midterm exams (15% each x 2 = 30%) [Learning Outcomes 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 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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