This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
Advanced Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology (30 credits)
||Not available in 2021/22
Excluded Combination of Modules
- Students who previously studied at Durham are not permitted to take topics that have substantially similar content to modules taken at Level 3. Cannot be taken with Advanced Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology (60 credits).
- To develop an understanding of specialised aspects of evolutionary anthropology, chosen from a list of topics representing the main areas of research in the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group
- Two topics, as available. It is envisaged that 6-8 topics will be offered annually, selected to be representative of the core research areas in evolutionary anthropology, which may include:
- Social evolution
- Cognitive evolution
- Cultural evolution
- Forensic anthropology
- Primate evolution and diversity
- Primate ecology and behaviour
- Simulating social processes
- Cognitive anthropology
- Palaeoanthropology and palaeoecology
- Life history theory
- Primate reproductive ecology
- Primate conservation
- At the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced levels of current knowledge and intensive understanding in two specific areas of evolutionary anthropology research.
- Demonstrate in depth knowledge of particular areas of evolutionary anthropology, with emphasis on interpretation, critical evaluation and comprehensive understanding of primary data.
- Deploy analytical skills specific to specialised aspects under study in the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group.
- Be competent in accessing and assimilating specialised research literature of an advanced nature.
- Show an ability to synthesize data, concepts and theories in a sophisticated manner
- Preparation and effective communication of research methods, data, interpretation and arguments in written form.
- Advanced critical evaluation skills
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- Classes will integrate lecture, tutorial and practical components, with the balance dictated by appropriateness to the research topic in question.
- Lecture elements will provide students with an outline of key knowledge and debates in the topic area, discuss the literature that students should explore, and provide relevant examples and cases studies.
- Tutorial elements will develop topics introduced in lectures and required reading to analyse aspects or case studies in greater depth and to prepare students for their summative assignment.
- Practical components will provide students with hands-on experience of the research.
- Advanced discussion classes will allow students to develop their skills of critical thinking and evaluation, as well as how to synthesise and interrogate material at a level commensurate with postgraduate attainment. This will support the critical reading log, an annotated bibliography in which the evidence and arguments presented in readings selected by the student and relevant to the written assignment are evaluated and critiqued. This along with the written assignment should show evidence of a higher level of engagement than would be expected at Level 3.
- Student preparation and reading time will allow engagement with specific references in advance of tutorials and general and particular reading related to the assessment, which will be a written assignment (such as an essay or report).
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
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|Assessment support classes
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|Preparation and reading
|Component: Written assignment
||Component Weighting: 100%
||Length / duration
|Written assignment 1
|Written assignment 2
You will be given the opportunity to submit a one page formative plan for each of your written assignments, which will form the basis of the discussion in the assessment support classes. Other formative guidance on assessments may differ by topic, and full details will be provided in classes. Typical additional formatives may include presenting ideas related to your assignment topic in class, or an extended 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