- Code BIAN6512
- 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, Forensic Anthropology, Biology
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The content in this course is grounded in the fields of bioarchaeology and palaeopathology. Students will learn how to interpret past human lifestyles, health and disease from skeletal remains that derive from archaeological contexts. We will examine a variety of topics that include: degenerative, infectious, and metabolic disease, oral health and disease, as well as physical activity, physiological stress, skeletal trauma, and cancer. The course includes some practical lab work and tutorial discussions. Students will be trained in completing a differential diagnosis for a given skeletal abnormality. Emphasis is on the interactions between biology and behaviour and the influences of environment and culture. The multidisciplinary nature of reconstructing the lives of the dead is explored though the manner in which socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, bioanthropology, chemistry, molecular biology, medicine and a host of other disciplines inform this research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Complete a differential diagnosis for a given skeletal abnormality;
- Explain and describe how skeletal pathology and/or healthy skeletal variation are used to inform our current understanding of health, growth, diet, social interaction, and conflict in the past;
- Critically evaluate research in palaeopathology and bioarchaeology in a written form;
- Describe the relationship between skeletal growth, function, form, and developmental disturbance; and the many different skeletal manifestations of human disease in the past; and
- Suggest future research avenues to improve our current understanding of certain skeletal conditions occurring in the human past, and how those can inform modern day health and disease.
Differential Diagnosis, 3000 words (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Mid-semester advanced test, 1 hour (30%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
Final written advanced exam, 2 hours (35%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
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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.
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