The Archaeology of the Human Journey

Ref: C2340892

We will journey from the deep past into the present as we examine our human origins. Along the way we will examine ancestors such as ‘Lucy’, ‘Peking Man’ and the Neanderthals, and discuss how humans have spread across the globe. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce learners to our human origins.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • List the names of the major hominid species
  • Outline a simple chronology of the major hominid species and the order in which they occurred
  • List the main characteristics used by archaeologists to identify our human ancestors
  • Discuss the evolution of those characteristics
  • Describe the main theories of how our human ancestors came to spread across the globe

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • We shall begin each session with an introduction to the topic of that session and then focus in on specific elements that illustrate significant points relating to that topic. Learners will be encouraged to contribute to discussions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Learners will require a notepad and pen. They may also find it useful to have a folder in which to store handouts and notes. Essential reading will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Archaeology of the Human Journey

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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