ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is available in odd years only and complements ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation that is available in even years. This unit is an extension of ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation.

Emphasis is placed on human reproductive biology and ecology in relation to growth, development, behaviour and evolution. Particular attention is paid to using principles of life history theory, parental investment theory, sexual selection and cooperation theory for developing new perspectives on human evolution. Topics are also discussed in comparison with non-human primates and other species.
Students are able to (1) understand clearly defined questions and problems in human evolutionary ecology; (2) acquire techniques for seeking out information or designing observations or experiments to answer such questions; (3) critically assimilate, analyse and discuss information acquired; (4) present findings in written and oral form; (5) develop an awareness of how the principles of human evolutionary ecology can inform the study of human biology, social, and public health policy; and (6) develop new scientific questions based on theory and literature, and methods to test such questions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) a mid-semester theory examination; and (3) a 10- to 15-page independent research proposal paper and presentation. 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 Debra Judge
Unit rules
at least 66 points of credit
Advisable prior study:
at least 12 points of Level 2
3 biological, behavioural
social science units; ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation I strongly recommended
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week (for 8 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour 45 minutes per week (for 13 weeks)
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