Becoming Human: Anthropology | Open2Study


Gain an introductory understanding of evolution, including how we evolved from primates and became human.

What’s it about

Impressively, humans are the only creatures produced by evolution that are capable of understanding evolution. In Becoming Human: Anthropology, you can explore how evolution works and how variation arises.

Find out why, of all the orders of life, primates produced us. How did apes start to look like us, walk on two feet and grow big brains that over the past 200,000 years have figured out where we came from? This course will give you some thought-provoking answers.

What’s involved?

7 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment 5 Aug – 11 Aug
10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 12 Aug – 18 Aug
10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 19 Aug – 25 Aug
10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 26 Aug – 1 Sep

What will I learn

  • Basic evolutionary concepts
  • The traces of human evolution in our bodies
  • Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory
  • The genetic dimensions of human evolution
  • The processes of cooperation and symbiosis
  • Niche creation, learning, and other types of inheritance
  • The differences between men and women
  • Why sex is so important to evolution
  • The role of our needy babies
  • ‘Natural’ human sexuality
  • What brains are good for
  • The cost of having a big brain
  • Tools, technology and new evolutionary tricks
  • Whether or not human evolution is over

This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes.

If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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