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AR2416 - Ancient Ancestors to Digital Devices: Our Evolutionary Journey

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject begins with our earliest ancestors in Africa and traces our evolutionary journey to becoming anatomically modern humans. It explores how advances in science and technology, including dating techniques, stable isotopes and modern genomics have assisted in our understanding of evolution. It offers the opportunity to develop an understanding of our complex family tree, to explore the evidence for admixture and migration, and to investigate and evaluate the more enigmatic species.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain how anatomically modern humans evolved over time from earlier hominin species;
  • evaluate how and why hominin species are placed into different genera;
  • describe the Out of Africa dispersals, migration and admixture;
  • critically discuss aspects of the physical, cognitive and cultural processes in hominin evolution.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (25%) - Group & Individual.
Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
AR3009 AR3406 AR2406


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Anna Willis.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 12 hours - Online Activities
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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