Summer 2023 - ARCH 131 OL01
Human Origins (3)
Class Number: 4081
Delivery Method: Online
A non-technical survey of the primate background of humans, fossil primates, and fossil humans, and the associated evidence of cultural development. An introduction to physical anthropology. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.
This course will provide a non-technical introduction to human evolution and biological anthropology. In this course, students will learn about the principles of evolutionary theory and human genetics, primate biology and behaviour, the pre-hominin and hominin fossil record, the material culture of early hominins, the emergence and migration of modern humans, and modern human variability.
By the end of this course, students will
- Have a basic understanding of evolutionary processes and genetics and how they relate to human evolution.
- Know the characteristics that define that various major group of primates.
- Know the major fossil hominin species and their physical characteristics and material culture.
- Understand the various forms of evidence researchers have used to identify the “cradle” of modern humans and our dispersal across the globe.
- Understand that the concept of race is a cultural construct and not rooted in biology.
- Meme Creation Assignments(3) 15%
- Midterm Exam 40%
- Final Exam 45%
Stanford, Craig, John S. Allen, and Susan C. Anton. 2017. Exploring Biology Anthropology: The Essentials. 4th edition. Pearson, Boston. ISBN: 9780134014142
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