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 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.
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.
Where could this lead me?
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Robert Loringcompleted this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Professor Downey is fantastic! This was a great course with some great new information including genomic info. The forum is great as well and there was much student participation adding to a great experience. I recommend this course to anyone interested in humanity.
Excellent presentation. Learned a lot and hugely enjoyed the material and teaching style. One of the first moocs I did, and it got me hooked. It also opened the door to other interesting topics and resources. Most importantly to me, it introduced me to Robert Sapolsky and his amazing lecture series.