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Anthropology (10 C, 7 SWS) [B.Bio.111]

Learning objectives and competencies: In the lecture the students get an overview of the evolution of humans and their primate relatives with regard to their physical equipment, their behavior and molecular systems as well as in coevolutions of biological and cultural characteristics. You will learn to recognize and analyze the biological components of anthropological questions and to establish the connection to cultural, ecological and behavioral biological issues. You will gain insights into the main areas of biological anthropology, into epistemological foundations and derivations in anthropology and learn the subject-specific methodology of tribal history, historical anthropology, the behavioral biology of primates, molecular anthropology, human ecology and human ethology.
The internship is thematically subdivided and takes place on six course days in both departments of anthropology.
In the practical part "Evolutionary Anthropology", the theoretically acquired knowledge on the topics of mechanisms of evolution, speciation and phylogeny, human evolution, population differentiation, life course strategies, primate biology, primate ecology, primate tribal history, evolution of social systems, sexual selection, social structures non-human primates and evolution of human behavior with practical examples and exercises. The students should learn to apply and operationalize the theoretical basics.
In the "Historical Anthropology" part of the practical course, the students mainly learn methods of anthropological skeletal diagnosis. The basics of rule anatomy are practiced before criteria are conveyed that serve to capture individualizing features. This includes the morphological determination of gender, the morphological diagnosis of the age at death, the reconstruction of body height. Furthermore, the basics of histology, osteometry and historical demography should be taught.

Lectures and exams
1st lecture: Introduction to anthropology (human biology) (4 SWS)
2. Internship: Six course days each in the department Historical anthropologyand the department Evolutionary Anthropology (3 SWS)

Module exam: Exam (120 minutes)
Examination prerequisites: Participation in the internship
Exam requirements: Mechanisms of evolution, speciation and phylogeny, human evolution, population differentiation, life course strategies, biology, ecology and tribal history of primates, evolution of social systems, sexual selection, social structures of non-human primates, evolution of human behavior, reproductive strategies of humans, paleodemography, paleopathology, paleoepidemiology , Social structures of human societies, marriage patterns and migration, human ecology.

98 h attendance time
202 h self-study

entry requirements
For BSc Bio: at least 40 C from the first stage of study
For 2F-BA: at least 20 C from the orientation modules
The module cannot be attended in combination with the SK.Bio.321 module.

Recommended previous knowledge


Frequency of offers
every summer semester

Recommended semester
4 - 6

The module can be completed in one semester.


Maximum number of students

Module coordinator
Prof. Dr. Julia Ostner