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This course is an introduction to the biological, behavioural, and cultural evolution of hominids from the earliest evidence to the emergence of the Neolithic revolution. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, paleoanthropology, archaeology and physical anthropology. Up-to-date knowledge about how we have become what we are today, and how such knowledge has been produced in academic research will be presented. By examining the human past, students will develop an understanding human universals and sociocultural variation, which enables us to develop a deeper bicultural understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand today.
After taking this course, students will be able to:a. Understand the basic principles and practices in palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology.b. Be familiar with the up-to-date knowledge of human evolution.c. Understand the assumptions, evidence, methods, arguments and theories involved in-research on human evolution.d. Develop cultural and bi-cultural competency based on understandings of the human past.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology
American Anthropological Association, 2023 (https://pressbooks.calstate.edu/explorationsbioanth2).
Tori M Saneda and Michelle Field;
Biological Anthropology: A Brief Introduction
Pressbooks, 2022 (https://openwa.pressbooks.pub/anth205bioanth).
Other reading materials uploaded to Learn by instructors (in the section Required Readings).
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences