Human Evolution

Ref: C2422915

Who are our ancestors? Why did the Neanderthals go extinct? Are you sure this evolution thing isn’t a load of rubbish? This interactive course will discuss the evolution of humans, from apes to hominids to modern and future humans. Students will be introduced to tools and terminology from the field of evolutionary biology, providing a jumping-off point for future evolution and ecology courses.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the science behind past, present, and future human evolution, while introducing students to the basic mechanisms and principles of evolutionary biology.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • outline the biological history of the species Homo sapiens
  • explain how humans historically, and currently, are hypothesized to be related to other organisms
  • define and describe tools and terminology common to the field of evolutionary biology
  • identify and provide examples of extinct relatives of humans, including the innovations associated with each species
  • recognize problems associated with current human features, and their evolutionary origins

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The course will consist of six interactive lectures, with breaks for questions and activities throughout. Students will have the opportunity to complete post-lecture quizzes in Canvas to assess their learning. Optional readings will be provided in Canvas to accompany lectures.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Human Evolution


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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