Summer 2020 - ARCH 131 D200

Human Origins (3)

Class Number: 4468

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Dennis Sandgathe
    dms@sfu.ca
    778.782.4817
    Office: EDB 9611
    Office Hours: Mondays 12:30-1:30 & Wednesdays 12:30-1:30

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

We modern humans are the only surviving species in a very old evolutionary tree: a tree we share with the living apes and monkeys, but also with many extinct species. We can trace our ancestry, and the things that make us humans unique, millions of years into the past. Over this long period we evolved from small, furry apes living in the forests of Africa to large, hairless, big-brained, socially-complex humans that spread across the whole globe. Human Origins is designed to be an introduction to this human story. It includes 6 major sections:

1) an introduction to the history of the science of human origins
2) a review of the fundamentals of natural selection and evolution;
3) an introduction to our primate cousins: their characteristics and adaptations;
4) an examination of the fossil record: from earliest primates to the emergence of modern-looking humans (along with a look at the earliest technologies);
5) a closer look at when, where, and how we fully modern humans appeared
6) and, a look at the variability among living humans and the concept of ‘race’

Grading

  • Midterm 45%
  • Final Exam 55%

NOTES:

Breadth: Social Sciences/Science

Summer Intersession (May 11-June 22)


FINAL EXAM:
DATE: June 29, 2020
TIME: 9:30AM-11:20AM
ROOM: EDB 7618

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Available in electronic form: Stanford, Allen and Anton. 2016. Exploring Biological Anthropology: Custom edition for SFU. Pearson. 
ISBN: 978-1-3236-3222-2

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2020

Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.