ANIM1001 The Darwinian Revolution

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides an engaging environment for understanding life. Not simply the life of non-human organisms, but also our lives as humans—how evolution has shaped contemporary human populations, and how evolutionary thinking has shaped global human endeavour, such as the need to communicate through language, to feed ourselves, fight disease, conduct business transactions and shape our music. In doing so the unit explores the variation in culture and religious belief that is so important in developing an objective understanding of cultural diversity. Students gain an understanding of how Darwinian principles can help us to respond to some of the biggest challenges facing humankind, including the loss of biodiversity, climate change and disease. Overall, students gain a broad understanding of what it is to be human, in the context of evolution, in a culturally diverse and environmentally challenged world.
Students are able to (1) have a broad understanding of evolutionary theory and its applications globally and in culturally diverse contexts; (2) appreciate the multidisciplinary impacts of Darwinian thinking on a diverse range of human endeavours and how our own endeavours sometimes feed back into Darwinian thinking and theory; and (3) critically assess contemporary and sometimes controversial topics through discussion, online forums and through online resources..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) online quizzes and activities; and (3) blog and contribution to Q&A. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Joseph Tomkins and Associate Professor Jonathan Evans
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (26 hours); practicals/labs/online assessment activities: 13 x 3 hours
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