Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Biological / Physical Anthropology

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Dr. Shweta Sinha Deshpande Minor 4 Anthropology Minor  

 Brief Overview 

This paper introduces the students to the concepts involved in biological evolution of humans and closely related species and the various theories put forth to under human evolution. Thus, anthropology draws heavily from various branches of Science such as Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Geology etc. Along with understanding the evolution of our species, this paper aims to explain variation in contemporary human populations, and modes of physiological adaptations and reactions to different physical environments. Students will be introduced to the changing paradigms of racial studies, biological basis of life and principles of human genetics.

 Course Objectives 

  • To review the basics of biological anthropology, its historical background, how it evolved as a science, its important branches, scope and applications to the welfare of mankind.
  • To summarize human evolution, with a focus on the basic principles and processes involved.
  • To describe and discuss the historical development of evolutionary thought and the existing theories on human evolution. 

 Teaching Methodology 

  • The interactive and discussion mode of teaching is aimed at a thorough comprehension and application of the concepts within the course
  • The study of socio-cultural anthropology will forge critical reasoning and analytical skills with the help of case studies from across cultures.
  • Audio-visual aids are incorporated to reinforce concepts
  • Reading and discussion of research papers / book chapters are incorporated within the class structure so as to reinforce and ensure that students are abreast with literature n the subject
  • Self-study forms a part of the teaching pedagogy.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!