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BIOA401 Advanced Biological Anthropology

Advanced studies in biological anthropology, with a particular emphasis on human variation in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia - molecular and biocultural approaches.

This paper will help you develop the theoretical knowledge, and analytical and practical skills to become an independent researcher in biological anthropology.

Paper title Advanced Biological Anthropology
Paper code BIOA401
Subject Biological Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,318.60

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BIOA 301

Anatomy Office Room 231, 2nd Floor Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
Tel 479 7362

Teaching staff

2020 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

Paper Structure

BIOA 401 is made up of tutorial/seminar sessions, practical lab sessions, and research group meetings.

This paper is fully internally assessed.

Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.
There are no textbooks for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the principles and uses of genetic data in biological anthropology - this includes studies of both modern and ancient DNA
  • Evaluate the literature and the methods used in the interpretation of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites (and in forensic cases)
Using the skeletal system as a model, the course will also specifically equip you to:
  • Identify and explain the effects of time (age) on human biology
  • Understand the issues and problems of palaeodemography
  • Explain how health affects the skeletal system and identify evidence for health and disease
  • Explain the principles of interpretation of community health from the evidence of individuals

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system