Human Evolution and Diversity - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (35%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as ANT151 Human Evolution and Diversity.

The unit explores the evolution of our species, what makes human beings distinct and how human beings have developed their biological, cultural and technological diversity. The most recent theories and research in anthropology, paleoarcheology and comparative primatology will be explored, providing insights into the major debates about human evolution, race and sexuality. Specific topics to be covered include the development of the human brain, bipedalism, language, families, social life, reproduction, hunting, diet, clothing, art tolls and technology, the domestication of plants and animals, cities and the first complex states.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. be familiar with contemporary research and theory about human evolution
  2. understand relevant topics related to human evolution and human diversity
  3. relate important contemporary debates and issues to human evolution
  4. apply and adapt anthropological theory and methodology to real world issues
  5. organise and express ideas and arguments in a scholarly manner critically and creatively analyse relevant theory and data
  6. demonstrate skills in research and analysis
  7. utilise on-line resources
  8. have enhanced organisational and time-management skills.
  • Essay (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (20%)
  • Quiz (5%)
  • Review — Literature Review (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ANT151 — Human Evolution and Diversity
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Natural Selection and Evolution
2Human among primates
3Early hominids and bipedalism
4Genus homo: brain and dietary change
5Sex and reproduction
6The first technology
7Language origins and development
8Moden human origins and dispersal
9Food domestication and urbanisation
10Human variation
11The end of human evolution?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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