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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Anthropology

ANTH45615: Evolutionary Theory for MARM

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to L6K307 Research Methods (Anthropology)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide students with an advanced understanding of evolutionary theory.


  • The history of evolutionary theory
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Adaptation and natural selection
  • Evolution and diversity
  • Macroevolution
  • Testing evolutionary hypotheses

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Areas of debate and controversy in contemporary evolutionary theory.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to synthesise, critically evaluate and present complex material relating to evolutionary theory.
Key Skills:
  • Students should be able to express themselves clearly and concisely on technical topics, and explain why particular issues are important and/or controversial.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module combines research seminars and indvidualised advanced tutorials.
  • Summative assessment is by means of an essay that will assess all learning outcomes.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Research seminars 8 Spread across Michaelmas and Epiphany 1 hour 8
Individualised advanced tutorials 4 Two each in Michaelmas and Epiphany 1 hour 4
Preparation and reading time 138

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment will be 750 word essay plan

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University