Faculty of Arts


Evolutionary Anthropology Today

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 245.


Biological anthropology, underpinned by a solid foundation in evolutionary theory, is a field of inquiry that deals with the biological variation and evolutionary trajectory of humans. Humans have had, and continue to have, an important role in shaping their own evolution. 

This course will emphasise the importance of understanding forces contributing to biological evolution within human societies by examining contemporary issues through the lens of evolutionary anthropology. We will critically examine research, debunk myths and address topics of broad interest. Course perspectives will include contemporary evolutionary theory, human behavioural ecology, life history theory and niche construction. Topics will include addiction and risk-taking; entaglements with animals; human developmental contexts and growth allometry.

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Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Nicholas Malone


ANTHRO 245: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 102 or 30 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

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