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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cyril Grueter
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
or Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
or Unit(s) ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Advisable prior study
at least 12 points of Level 2
or 3 biological, behavioural
or 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
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.