Foundations of Biological Anthropology - SE302

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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4 30 (15) DR SE Johns

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

This module is compulsory for BSc Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Biological Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Medical Anthropology, BA Social Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BA Social Anthropology joint honours programmes.

2017-18

Overview

This 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

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Contact hours

33 lectures, 11 seminars, 1 field trip

Availability

This module is compulsory for BSc Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Biological Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BSc Medical Anthropology, BA Social Anthropology (and associated year abroad programmes), BA Social Anthropology joint honours programmes

Method of assessment

50% written examination, 50% coursework (essay 25%, course test 25%)

Preliminary reading

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

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students will gain:
12.1. an understanding of the basic principles of evolution.
12.2. a good understanding of human prehistory and biology.
12.3. an exposure to a range of evidence and knowledge drawn from palaeoanthropology, evolutionary biology, comparative primatology, bioarchaeology, medical anthropology, evolutionary psychology, and prehistoric archaeology.
12.4. an understanding of the origins of human culture, behaviour and language.
12.5. an appreciation of humans as biological and cultural entities.

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