Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 20
Considering our own Evolution is one of the most interesting forms of Biology as well has having important output in all types of medicine for disease to psychology. This module will cover differing but complementary aspects of modern thinking about human evolution. You will learn about the theories for the development of some of the distinct anatomical features of humans such as bipedalism and our large brain as well as considering aspects of behavioural evolution including the evolution of language and society. The module will also address what our rapidly expanding knowledge of the human genome and population genetics can tell us about human evolution. You will be encouraged to address the question as to what extent human evolution is still occurring and what influences this. This component will include aspects of evolutionary pressure between humans and their disease causing pathogens and to what extent modern medicine interferes with these processes. This module will be of interest to biologist with interests ranging from anatomy to genomes.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, practical, students talks.