• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences
  • Specialisation code PRHB-SPEC
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

  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; and

  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 (6 units)

ARCH8037 Masterclass in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (6 units)

BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour (6 units)

BIAN6514 Primate Behaviour and Conservation (6 units)

BIAN8005 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology (6 units)

BIOL6631 Behavioural Ecology (6 units)

BIOL6191 Bioethics and Society  (6 units)

ENVS6020 Human Ecology (6 units)

PSYC6010 Biological Basis of Behaviour (6 units)

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