ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit runs in even years only and complements ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology, which runs in odd years only. Emphasis is placed on applying evolutionary thinking to human/primate social organisation and its underlying individual strategies as well as the cognitive and cultural underpinnings of sociality. Topics to be covered include mate choice strategies, cooperation and conflict within and between groups, social learning and culture as well as cultural cognition.
Students are able to (1) understand clearly defined questions and problems in human/primate socioecology; (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/primate socioecology can inform the study of human biology; 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) mid-semester theory examination; and (3) 10- to 15-page semester paper (literature review) and oral 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)
Dr Cyril C. Grueter
Unit rules
at least 66 points of credit in a bachelor's degree
Advisable prior study:
at least 12 points of Level 2
3 biological, behavioural
social science units; especially ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week for 8 weeks; tutorials: 1 hour 45 minutes per week for 13 weeks
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