DAWN OF HUMANITY

ARC2DOH

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Our ancestors neither looked, or behaved, like us. This subject introduces our tool-using ancestors, the worlds they inhabited and the activities in which they engaged. We investigate the way in which archaeologists build a picture of the remote past from the bits of broken-up animal bones and chipped stone tools that survive in the archaeological record. This provides a springboard for discussing current understanding of the changes in technology, diet, social organisation and cognition that characterised our evolutionary story. We have a particular interest in the origin of our own species and in the establishment of modern cognition and behaviour.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level in ABAR - Bachelor of Archaeology.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human PastPrescribedScarre, C. (ed.)2ND EDITION, THAMES AND HUDSON 2009
ReadingsHuman Evolution: an illustrated introductionRecommendedLewin, R.5TH EDITIONN, BLACKWELL SCIENCE 2005

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply skills in inquiry/research, critical thinking and creative problem solving to changing theories of human evolution

Activities:
Essay, assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

02. Carry out independent research by locating relevant sources

Activities:
Short assignments completed online, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Identify differences between data sets that are derivative and those from primary sources

Activities:
Essay, assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Investigate the data that supports different theories of human behavioural evolution

Activities:
Develop arguments about key events in human evolution in essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Write a medium length essay using the Harvard referencing system

Activities:
Write a medium length essay that shows the ability to think clearly and evaluate a range of explanations for data patterns
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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