Biological Anthropology minor

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, the importance of understanding and respecting cultural and physical differences between individuals becomes critical. The Biological Anthropology Minor will provide students with the theoretical framework to understand how biological and cultural variation occurs, what forces shape this variation between and within populations, and how can we use this information to inform us of our evolutionary history. These critical concepts are explored in this Minor via a sequence of units that examines the biology of 'being human' in today's world with an emphasis on how biology and behaviour of humans are influenced by genetic, developmental, ecological and cultural factors.

The Minor is delivered using a mixed format including lectures that present the basic concepts of Biological Anthropology, tutorials and workshops to discuss these concepts and evaluate and apply learnt knowledge to real-world scenarios. Students who undertake this Minor will also develop the skills for effective communication and engagement with community, government and industry groups involved in social and public health policies.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand the evolutionary processes that determine human differences within and between populations; (2) understand and clearly define questions about human evolutionary and behavioural biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the processes by which humans adapt to their natural environments; (3) acquire techniques for seeking out information or designing experiments to answer such questions; (4) critically assimilate, analyse and discuss information acquired; and (5) develop an awareness of how the principles of human evolutionary biology can inform the study of human biology, social, and public health policy.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Incompatibility:
ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Prerequisites:
at least 66 points of credit including ANHB2215 (Biological Anthropology: Human Variation and Adaptation)
or
prior approval of ANHB3315 unit coordinator
N/A ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Prerequisites:
at least 66 points of credit in a bachelor's degree