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Unit convenor and teaching staff
(ANTH150 or ANTH1050) or 40cp at 1000 level or above
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.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
|Weekly online quizzes||25%||No||Weekly|
|In-tutorial discussion questions||10%||No||Weekly|
|Final online exam||35%||No||9-11/6/2021|
Starting after the lecture in Week 2, students will be expected to take a weekly quiz online based on the readings, lecture and tutorial activity. The quiz will close prior to the lecture in the following week.
Each week, the tutorial (online and on campus) sets the students a series of tasks, including a participatory task depending upon the material for that week.
The literature review is a library-based assignment that can be conducted online, especially using the Macquarie University Library’s extensive database and journal collection. Students find a recent article in a scientific journal, referred to as the 'target article' (peer reviewed and published in the last five years). They find at least five additional sources linked to this article, either because they are cited in the target article's References or because they cite the target article. Students write short summaries, an introduction, and a conclusion (1500-word maximum).
The final exam is cumulative and multiple choice, conducted online after the final lecture.
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All resources are available through the iLearn website for the unit. There is no required textbooks; readings are available through the Leganto system. All lectures are recorded and uploaded to Echo360. Tutorials will be offered both online and in person.
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The assessment tasks have been changed because the unit was previously offered only at the 1000 level. For example, students now have one, longer written assessment rather than two short ones.
Unit information based on version 2021.02 of the Handbook