Summer 2023 - ARCH 131 OL02

Human Origins (3)

Class Number: 5032

Delivery Method: Online


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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 is designed to provide students with an introduction to human evolution and early cultural development. The core of the course will deal with biological, behavioural, and social changes that have occurred through out the evolution of Homo sapiens and other human ancestors. Topics also include fundamentals of evolutionary processes, examinations of fossil primates and fossil humans, comprisions with modern Great Apes, and an introduction to modern human biological variation. Students will learn from lecture (3 hours per week). Course materials will be posted on SFU’s learning management system, Canvas (, on a weekly basis. All evalution will take place on the course Canvas page.


  • Weekly Canvas Group Discussion 20%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Term Research Project 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Biological Anthropology and Prehistory: Exploring Our Human Ancestry Patricia C. Rice, Norah Moloney. Additional readings may be assigned for some lectures and will be availale through the library online or Canvas.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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