Faculty of Arts


Human Evolution

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 201.


This course explores issues fundamental to understanding humans’ place in nature from a biocultural perspective. What led to the evolution of bipedalism, large brains and language? How do we define species in the fossil record? How can we reconstruct ancient diets and ecologies? The course will examine how new discoveries and advancements in biology are reshaping understandings of our evolutionary history.

This course is intended to build on the skills and knowledge gained in ANTHRO 102. Please consult with the Course Convenor if you have not taken 102.

Course goals

To develop, enhance and improve your:

  • Understanding of human evolutionary history and processes
  • Understanding of the theories, methods and techniques used by biological anthropologists
  • Skills involved with reading and understanding scholarly literature
  • Critical thinking abilities
  • Ability to incorporate new evidence with existing knowledge
  • Ability to synthesise and present scientific information

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Bruce Floyd


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 201: 15.0 points


30 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

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