Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ANTM104: Family Hominidae and Other Primates

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand and evaluate the role of primatology as a bridge which can serve to unify the seemingly disparate theoretical and methodological approaches of the biological and social sciences. 
  • enable you to critically engage with a wide range of disciplinary perspectives which tackle human interactions with nonhuman primates on the ground.
  • consider the ways in which an understanding of nonhuman primates can facilitate reflection on the human condition in a range of cultural contexts. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the evolutionary origins of the human species and the phylogenetic relationships which exist between humans and other extant nonhuman primates;
2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of how this shared genetic heritage enables anthropologists and scholars from cognate disciplines to comparatively consider what it means to be human;
3. discuss and critically analyse a wide range of human interactions with nonhuman primates;
4. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the wider implications (in terms of environmental sustainability) of nonhuman primate behavioural ecology;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate a critical awareness of the synergies and areas of conflict which exist between social and biological anthropology;
6. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the ways in which primatology can serve to unite the disparate approaches (methodological and theoretical) of social and biological anthropology;
7. effectively apply appropriate theoretical models in the critical analysis of human interactions with nonhuman primates;
Personal and Key Skills8. plan, undertake and present independent written work of a high scholarly standard;
9. communicate complex theoretical ideas in a clear and coherent manner;
10. work effectively and provide constructive feedback to peers within the context of group discussions.