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Undergraduate | MAQ-ANTX1051 | 2024
Human Evolution and Diversity
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Evolve your thinking on human development and biological and cultural diversity. Study Darwin's breakthroughs alongside the most recent evolutionary research. Examine language origins. Join in ongoing debates about the study of human evolution.
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- Study method
- 100% online
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- Start dates
- 19 Feb 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 18 weeks
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Human Evolution and Diversity
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand certain key concepts and theories in the study of human evolution including the most important debates and new developments in the field.
- have a clear sense of how paleoanthropologists conduct research and draw conclusions about extinct species and ways of life from material evidence.
- understand, evaluate, and employ evolution-based explanations for contemporary features of human life, anatomy, and behaviour, including the limits on those explanations.
- employ theoretical concepts, evidence, and analysis in general by specifically exercising these abilities on the materials covered in this unit.
- actively participate in discussions and examinations of material related to human evolution (such as facsimile remains, site surveys, and material culture)
- analyse and express judgments about significant debates in the study of human evolution.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This unit explores the evolution of our species, what makes humans distinct, and how we have developed the biological, cultural and technological diversity we now see around us. The unit examines new research, highlighting the most recent discoveries and theoretical breakthroughs, encouraging students to learn more about the major debates, key discoveries, and important theories in the study of human evolution. Specifically, the unit provides students with a background in evolutionary theory, genetics, anthropology, paleoarchaeology, and comparative primatology in order to address a number of topics: the development of the human brain; bipedalism; language; families; social life; sexuality; reproduction; hunting; diet; art; stone tools and technology; language; domesticated plants and animals; cities; and the first civilisations. The unit also demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective offers new insights into modern human diversity, including both cultural and biological differences among us. The unit does not require a background in the biological or evolutionary sciences. It provides an excellent foundation for understanding and evaluating important contemporary issues.
- Discussion questions (10%)
- Literature Review (20%)
- Weekly online quizzes (20%)
- Final Online Exam (25%)
- Argument outline (25%)
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