Human Evolution and Diversity

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This online Human Evolution and Diversity unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University provides students with a compelling overview of the key anthropological theories and debates in human evolution.

This unit covers the field’s most recent theories in anthropology, paleoarcheology and comparative primatology, covering topics such as brain development, bipedalism, language, families, social life, reproduction, hunting, diet, clothing, art tools and technology, the domestication of plants and animals, cities and the first complex states.

Students will undertake research and analysis in order to understand current topics related to human evolution and diversity, and develop an ability to apply and adapt anthropological theory and methodology to real-world issues.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply for this unit.

Areas of study

In this anthropology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Natural Selection and Evolution
  • Humans among primates
  • Early hominids and bipedalism
  • Genus homo: brain and dietary change
  • Sex and reproduction
  • The first technology
  • Language origins and development
  • Morden human origins and dispersal
  • Food domestication and urbanisation
  • Human variation
  • The end of human evolution?

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will help you progress your career in human science, nutrition or allied health. Gain the knowledge required to explain and analyse the functions of the human body, including the components and physiology of the nervous system, cardiorespiratory system and the musculoskeletal system.

Upon completion of this unit will understand the basics of nutrition and exercise and how they affect the human body.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Human Health from University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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