Course: Developmental Anthropology

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Course title Developmental Anthropology
Course code KAZ/KAVAN
Organizational form of instruction Exercise + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sofková Tereza, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Definition of the term anthropology. Anthropology division. Ontogenetic development. The prenatal period. Development of embryo and foetus during individual months of pregnancy. Parturition (stages of labour), signs of full-term foetus. The postnatal period. Human age division. The characteristics of individual?s somatic development in newborn, infant, toddler and preschool age. School age. Division of school age. Characteristics of younger school age. Older school age (puberty), main physical changes during puberty, pubertal growth spurt. Puberty in girls. Puberty in boys. Secondary sexual characteristics. Characteristics of adolescence, adulthood and old age. Chronological and biological age. Anthropological studies of the Czech population ? history, types of studies, areas of practical utilisation of the results. Assessing somatic condition and development of children and adolescents. Standardized anthropometry. Normalisation index (z-score, SD-score), the significance, calculation and practical use for assessing individual?s somatic development. Percentile charts, definition of percentile bands. Secular trend and its symptoms in the Czech population.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Demonstration
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is focused on basic knowledge of developmental anthropology.
Students will be able to describe the different stages of ontogenetic development of man and be able to explain which factors influence somatic human development and also to describe the effects of negative factors and their repercussions on the healthy development of the individual.
Basic knowledge of phylogeny and ontogeny.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam

90% participation in tutorials
Recommended literature
  • Vignerová, J., Bláha, P. (2001). Sledování růstu českých dětí (Norma, vyhublost, obezita). Praha.
  • Bláha, P. et al. (2006). Somatický vývoj současných českých dětí. Praha: UK.
  • Bláha, P., Vignerová, J., Kobzová, J., Krejčovský, I a Riedlová, J. (2003). VI. celostátní antropologický výzkum dětí a mládeže 2001. In Česko-slov. pediatrie, roč. 58, č. 12, s. 766-770. Praha.
  • Machová, J. (1993). Biologie člověka pro speciální pedagogy.. Praha, SPN.
  • Machová, J. (2002). Biologie člověka pro učitele. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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