AD1020: The Study of Human Beings

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 2 x 7hr(s) Other (day sessions); 2 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning); 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives on the origins and distinctive characteristics of human beings derived from both physical and social/cultural anthropology.
Module Content: Creation mythology, evolutionary genetics, palaeoanthropology, primatology, and social anthropology.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Discuss the function of creation mythology and identify interrelationships between ancient Mesopotamian creation myths and accounts of creation in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
  • Explain the 'forces of evolution' (mutation, natural selection, genetic drift and gene flow).
  • Name hominids/hominins from different periods of time and illustrate how scientists hypothesise evolutionary relationships between them.
  • Identify and account for the characteristics which distinguish Homo sapiens from extant primates.
  • Illustrate the extent of diversity in human culture with reference to one type of human institution (kinship, marriage, economics or politics).
  • Identify differing accounts of the relationship between 'culture' and human development.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word Reflective Learning Journal, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of lectures and tutorials, which will be monitored by class register, unless absence is certified. Students who do not meet the minimum attendance requirement may be disallowed from undertaking the module assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Adult Continuing Education.).

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