ANTH105-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Human Evolution

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course is an introduction to the biological, behavioural, and cultural evolution of hominids from the earliest evidence to the emergence of the Neolithic revolution.

Where have we come from? How have we become what we are today? Throughout history, these questions have been asked by people from many different cultures. Many different answers have been given in the form of mythological and legendary stories of the origin of the world and human beings. Human curiosity about our own origin has continued to modern days. The advance of modern science and technology has enabled scientists to provide better and better answers to these questions. Since the 19th century, many ancient fossil remains have been discovered and examined by paleoanthropologists. Our close relatives, modern primates, have also become subjects of research by biological anthropologists. In the past twenty years, breakthroughs in genetic studies have opened new windows into the human past.  As a result of the hard work of scholars in these fields, much progress has been made in understanding our remote past and the trajectories through which we have become what we are today. In this course, you are going to be introduced to the up-to-date knowledge about how we have become what we are today, both biologically and culturally, as well as how such knowledge has been produced in academic research.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, students will be able to:
a. Understand the basic principles and practices in paleoanthropology, physical anthropology    and archaeology
b. Be familiar with the up-to-date knowledge of human evolution
c. Understand the assumptions, evidence, methods, arguments and theories involved in   researches on human evolution
d. To develop cultural and bi-cultural competent based on understandings of the human past.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Karl Popper 612 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
03 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 445 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
04 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 446 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

Zhifang Song


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Examination 45%
Mid-term test 20% Second lecture of week 6
Tutorial participation and note taking 15% Participation in discussions (7.5%) Notes preparation (7.5%)
Essay 20% 1500 wordds

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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  • ANTH105-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020