• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Clare McFadden
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course is designed to explore a series of emerging and intensely debated issues in the discipline of bioarchaeology, and provide advanced training in bioarchaeological methods. Students in this course will take a critical approach to methods employed in the reconstruction of ancient human behaviour from skeletal remains, and will cover topics such as ancient human diet, habitual activity, and ancient bone metabolism. An emphasis will be placed on combining experimental and more classic approaches to the study of the human skeleton, allowing students to identify pressing research questions in bioarchaeology.

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. Explain and describe how skeletal biology principles that derive from human and non-human animal experimental research inform current interpretations in bioarchaeology.
  2. Critically analyse bioarchaeological literature through evaluation of published research against alternative interpretations of data.
  3. Construct scientific hypotheses in bioarchaeological research.
  4. Learn and practice a bioarchaeological technique.
 

Indicative Assessment

Laboratory Report, 3000 words (45%) LO 1,2,3,4
Peer-Review Essay, 3000 words (45%) LO 1,2
Tutorial Presentation,15 minutes (10%) LO 1,2

 

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Workload

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

 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIAN6517 or BIAN6512 or BIAN6515, or with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Buikstra JE, Beck LA. 2006. Bioarchaeology: The Contextual Analysis of Human Remains. Academic Press.
 
Crowder C, Stout S. 2011. Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective. CRC Press.
 
Larsen CS. 2015. Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behaviour from the Human Skeleton. Cambridge University Press.
 

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of basic concepts in bioarchaeology, and required skills in human skeletal identification and/or basics of biological profiling from skeletal remains is expected.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9254 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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