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Human Origins (ANTH 1104)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to the archaeological evidence and theories developed by physical anthropologists to explain the origin and evolution of the human species. The course examines theories related to evolution, adaptation and variation. Primates, human predecessors, are examined in order to understand the first step in human evolution. Each stage of human development is then examined. Prehistoric evidence uncovered by archaeologists, the foundation of the course, is studied.

Topical Outline:
1. Evolutionary Theory
2. Primate Behavior
3. Paleoanthropology
4. Anthropology of Hominins (Human Ancestors)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain and address misconceptions about evolutionary theory
2. Analyze human behavioral traits in light of our primate heritage
3. Compare/contrast the adaptive strategies of various hominins
4. Evaluate statements about human evolution and variation in the popular media for accuracy
5. Reflect upon their own prior misconceptions of course topics, such as gender, race, and evolution

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences