Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview

Description

This unit shows where, when, and how we originated and why we became 'human'. We analyse the biological and cultural factors in the archaeological and palaeoanthropological record from 14 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago, when all continents (apart from Antarctica) were settled by people. We examine the global archaeological evidence of relationships between cultural and biological processes that produce the diversity of humanity we experience today. This is an exciting topic and Unit content is regularly updated as new archaeological discoveries are made. Students also reflect on where evolution will take us in the future and on how we might help ensure a just and cultured world.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the arguments about what constitutes 'modern human behaviour'; (2) demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major theoretical themes discussed in the unit and how the archaeological evidence for human origins and symbolism has been identified and interpreted; (3) evaluate how evidence is used in archaeological research; (4) demonstrate comprehension of archaeological literature, specialised terminology and data, and communicate this in an appropriate manner; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relevant to archaeological practice.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) quizzes; and (3) tutorial assignments. 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)
Associate Professor Martin Porr
Unit rules
Prerequisites
12 points of Level 1 study
Contact hours
3 hours per week
  • 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.