This module is compulsory for BSc Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Biological Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes) BA Social Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes).
OverviewThis module is an introduction to biological anthropology and human prehistory. It provides an exciting introduction to humans as the product of evolutionary processes. We will explore primates and primate behaviour, human growth and development, elementary genetics, the evolution of our species, origins of agriculture and cities, perceptions of race, and current research into human reproduction and sexuality. Students will develop skills in synthesising information from a range of sources and learn to critically evaluate various hypotheses about human evolution, culture, and behaviour. This module is required for all BSc and BA Anthropology students. The module is also suitable for students in other disciplines who want to understand human evolution, and the history and biology of our species. A background in science is not assumed or required, neither are there any preferred A-levels or other qualifications. The module is team-taught by the biological and medical anthropology staff.
This module appears in:
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 1
- Short-Term Study
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 1
- Wild Modules
This module is compulsory for BSc Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Biological Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes) BA Social Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes). Available as a Wild Module.
Method of assessment
Exam 50%; Coursework 50%
Essay 1 (25%)
Essay 2 (25%)
Note: Only the best mark from these two essays counts towards the final module mark
Course Quiz, 40 minutes (25%)
Boyd & Silk "How Humans Evolved", W.W. Norton, 2006
Jones, et al "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution", Cambridge University Press
Stanford, et al "Biological Anthropology", Prentice Hall, 2009
Scarre, "The Human Past", Thames & Hudson, 2005
8.1. Understand the basic principles of evolution.
8.2. Acquire a good understanding of human prehistory and biology
8.3 Receive exposure to a range of evidence and knowledge drawn from palaeoanthropology, evolutionary biology, comparative primatology, bioarchaeology, medical anthropology, evolutionary psychology, and prehistoric archaeology.
8.4. Understand the basic origins of human culture, behaviour and language.
8.5. Appreciate humans as biological and cultural entities