Hunters and Gatherers: Palaeoltihic to Present - GEOS3021

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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For ninety-five percent of our evolutionary history humans lived as hunters and gatherers. Today, a tiny fraction of the World's population practices this form of ecology and it will soon disappear. Topics include: human global settlement and physical adaptations to varying climates; hunter-gatherer life histories, population demographics, diet and disease; the late Pleistocene-Holocene archaeology of hunters and gatherers based on case studies from Australasia, Africa and the Americans; hunter gatherer land use, resource exploitation and manipulation of the environment: and the question of mega faunal extinctions.

Note: this course was previously offered as BIOS3721 but changed effective semester 1 2017


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