Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ARC1105

 
TITLE Introduction to Human Evolution

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

 
DESCRIPTION This is an introductory study-unit on human evolution tackled diachronically. It focuses on selected aspects of physical anthropology as they relate to the origin of humanity, the origin of culture, and the development of human biological and cultural diversity.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit is intended to:

- Introduce students to the rich variety of non-written evidence (including artefacts, imagery and settlement data) that allows archaeologists to reconstruct the major stages in the evolution of humans;
- Introduce students to the most important current research questions and substantive results;
- Instruct students in critical analysis of current research (problems, method and theory, dating).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognise the behaviour signatures associated with hominids and early humans;
- Relate primary archaeological evidence with reconstructions of past events;
- Recognise the main classes of physical evidence used in the construction of human evolution;
- Present archaeological arguments clearly in written form and back them with relevant evidence and source material.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Read and debate through assessment and evaluation of alterative interpretations;
- Show proficiency in the setting out of information and ideas clearly in written form;
- Develop skills in integrating a variety of evidence from different disciplines into overall interpretations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Scarre, C. (ed.) (2009) The Human Past. World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. 2nd edition. London: Thames and Hudson.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS In TAKING THIS UNIT YOU CANNOT TAKE ARC1005

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Nicholas Vella

 
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