Evolving Minds & Societies - ARC00018M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Penny Spikins
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

In this course we consider the fascinating question of what it means to be human. We ask is if there are critical characteristics of humans which mark us as different from other species, and how, when and where we might identify them in the archaeological record.

We address human societies from those of our common ancestor with chimpanzees, to early human activities 2 million years ago in East Africa, Homo ergaster and Homo heidelbergensis and lastly Neanderthals. We question the key changes taking place in each period and in each consider what defining patterns of humanity we might identify emerging within the archaeological record.

We aim to provide a broad understanding of the key phases in the evolution of 'humanity' and a critical awareness of how the evidence is interpreted.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • To develop an understanding of the key phases in the evolution of human cognitive abilities
  • To develop an understanding of the key phases in the evolution of human social systems
  • To develop a familiarity with some of the archaeological evidence for Lower and Middle Palaeolithic societies

Academic and graduate skills

  • Development of transferable skills in small group work and oral presentations

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework - Evolving Minds and Societies
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework - Evolving Minds and Societies
N/A 100

Module feedback

Timing of written and verbal feedback is published on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Indicative reading

Reading lists are published to the module web pages or VLE.



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