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    An introduction to Biological Anthropology, focusing on the biocultural and evolutionary processes and how these have shaped who we are today.

    This paper provides an introduction to Biological Anthropology, which is broadly defined as the scientific study of humankind from a biocultural perspective. The paper will focus on the evolutionary process and how it shaped who we are today. You will be introduced to the study of the evolution of humans from both micro- and macro-evolutionary perspectives - and will thus be introduced to basic evolutionary theory and the application of a biocultural perspective to understanding human evolution and variation. You will then be introduced to principles and concepts from basic genetics, comparative anatomy, primatology, palaeoanthropology (the study of the fossil record of hominins), human skeletal anatomy, biomedical anthropology and the evolution of human behaviour.

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    Paper title Introduction to Biological Anthropology
    Subject Biological Anthropology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
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    BIOA 201
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science
    Students who have passed BIOA201 are not permitted to take BIOA101.

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    Required: Jurmain et al, (2017), ‘Essentials of Physical Anthropology’, 10th Edn., Boston:USA, Cengage Learning

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students will:
    • Develop a basic understanding of the key concepts of the field of Biological Anthropology, in particular the biocultural approach and its importance in the study of human history, health, variation and adaptation
    • Develop an understanding of basic evolutionary theory and its application to the history of our species and that of our ancestors and other primates
    • Develop and be able to apply critical thinking skills and basic research skills including essay writing
    • Demonstrate ability to use the University library and electronic resources to undertake basic research
    • Demonstrate ability to write and to use and cite appropriate references in the academic style of the discipline


    Not offered in 2024

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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