THE HUMAN JOURNEY

ARC1THJ

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline


Discussions about humanity's origins pre-date the realisation that material traces of the deep past, in the form of artefacts and fossils, actually exist. During the nineteenth century, the ideas of the Enlightenment scholars, and their Ancient Greek and Roman predecessors, collided with the scientific study of our origins. This subject explores how stories about our origins are written, focusing on how we reconcile intuitively plausible accounts of our past with the rigours of scientific methodology. Three major events in the human journey are studied:the origin of Homo erectus approximately 2 million years ago, the Neanderthals of Ice Age Europe, and origin of modern humans and their complex material culture.



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites None

Co-requisites None

Incompatible subjects HUS1THJ

Equivalent subjects None

Special conditions None

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the way in which stories of human evolution are put together.

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Evaluate alternative accounts of human evolution and assess the import of new discoveries as they are announced.

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify the scientific methods and deep-seated beliefs that influence understanding of key events in human evolution.

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; tutorial exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Recognise cultural values, awareness and sensitivities surrounding discussions of human evolutions

Activities:
Tutorial exercises and discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

05. Evaluate the import of all humanity sharing a deep-time history.

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes and tutorial discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"No maximum class size; lecture must precede all tutorial options for assessment to work as designed"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In order to facilitate access to reference materials and student involvement in tutorial discussion, the maximum class size should be capped at 25 per tutorial "

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 0.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 online quizzes (5% each and equivalent to 100 words each)note change in word length due to additional form of assessment 30 01, 03, 05
Essay (1,500 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Exam (1,000 word equivalent) this has been added 30 01, 02, 03, 04