• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences
  • Specialisation code PRHB-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Primate and Human Behaviour Specialisation

This is a Biological Anthropology specialisation which focuses on: the study of the primates, which includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans. As the group of mammals in which humanity has its evolutionary origin, this specialisation will focus on the ecological and behavioural adaptations as well as health patterns of living human and non-human primate populations. Students will gain skills, knowledge, and training in: the behaviour, ecology and conservation of primates, as well as the evolutionary diversity of human behaviour in physical, biotic, social and cultural environments. This specialisation offers a broad grounding in theory and techniques needed to pursue original research and/ or gain relevant professional skills in areas of primatology and human behavioural ecology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand primate behaviour, ecology and conservation;
  2. understand the evolutionary ecology of modern human social and reproductive behaviour;
  3. understand the theories, methods and practice applied in primatology and human behaviour studies;
  4. apply primatology and human behavioural ecology methods in the field, laboratory and  written form;
  5. undertake a research project in at least one aspect of human or primate behaviour in the field, laboratory and written form.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units from the following list:

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters
ANTH6519 Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships
ARCH8037 Masterclass in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science
BIAN6018 Primate Behavioural Ecology Field School in Cambodia 
BIAN6119 Nutrition, disease and the environment
BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour 
BIAN6133 Mating and Parenting: Evolutionary Ecology of Human Reproductive Strategies
BIAN6514 Primate Ecology and Behaviour 
BIAN6520 Primate Conservation Biology 
BIAN8002 Topics in Human Population Biology/Health
BIAN8005 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology
BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology 
BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics 
ENVS6020 Human Ecology
PSYC6010 Biological Basis of Behaviour

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