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Undergraduate | MAQ-ANTX1051 | 2024

Human Evolution and Diversity

Previously MAQ-ANTX2051

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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
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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:

    1. understand certain key concepts and theories in the study of human evolution including the most important debates and new developments in the field.
    2. have a clear sense of how paleoanthropologists conduct research and draw conclusions about extinct species and ways of life from material evidence.
    3. understand, evaluate, and employ evolution-based explanations for contemporary features of human life, anatomy, and behaviour, including the limits on those explanations.
    4. employ theoretical concepts, evidence, and analysis in general by specifically exercising these abilities on the materials covered in this unit.
    5. actively participate in discussions and examinations of material related to human evolution (such as facsimile remains, site surveys, and material culture)
    6. analyse and express judgments about significant debates in the study of human evolution.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ANTX2051 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

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0.125 EFTSL

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