Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)
Domain / Subject : Sports & Fitness
Function : General
Trainer name : Dr Sarah Milliken
Starts on : 22nd Sep 2014
Duration : 10 Weeks
Difficulty : Advanced
About the course
In The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin laid down his theory of evolution by natural selection. At the time, no generally recognised fossil evidence of early humans was available, and his hypothesis that humans had evolved from an ancestral ape was purely conjectural. In the 150 years since these works were published, numerous fossils have been discovered which provide us with direct evidence for human evolution having occurred and for the path it has taken.
This course introduces students to past and present theories of human evolution through themes such as the origins of bipedal locomotion, the evolution of the brain and intelligence, technology, diet and subsistence, language, social organisation, and the emergence of art, symbolism and religion. Students will explore the major questions asked about the origins of human behaviour, and the various methods which scientists can use to search for answers.
This course will:
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
And you will have developed the following skills:
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following text: Lewin, R., Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction, 5th edition (Oxford, Blackwell Science, 2005) ISBN 1405103787
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