OverviewThis module is an advanced treatment of current topics and debates in evolutionary anthropology such as human behavioural ecology, anthropological genetics, evolutionary demography, growth and development, human evolution, primatology, and human adaptability. Emphasis is on advances in these areas during the past decade and the directions of future research. The goal of this course is to understand these topics and, specifically, how research and publication works in evolutionary and anthropological science. This module will allow students to be exposed to a broad series of topics, opinions, methodologies, journal articles, and ideas in numerous highly relevant fields of research. Seminars will critically examine classic and recent journal articles, considering the quality of research and presentation, and the utility and diversity of using Darwinian approaches to explore and explain human behaviour.
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Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by 100% coursework: 1. Seminar leadership by each student, including their facilitating the discussion, setting the topic and assigning the readings (20%) and 2. a 4,000 word Extended Essay on one of the seminar topics covered in the module (80%)
The reading list for this module will change from year to year. It will contain the most up to date and/or controversial topics in a variety of fields associated with evolutionary anthropology.
Articles will be drawn from the following journals and other relevant sources where appropriate:
Evolution and Human Behavior
Journal of Human Evolution
International Journal of Primatology
Trends in Ecology & Evolution
1. Advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of theoretical concerns and new research in scientific and evolutionary anthropology
2. Exposure to evolutionary approaches to the study of human behaviour
3. Ability to critically evaluate new research in evolutionary anthropology, and more generally, that of evolutionary science
4. An in depth understanding of the internal workings of the research and publishing process in evolutionary and anthropological science