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Open2Study: Becoming Human: Anthropology

 with  Assoc. Prof. Greg Downey
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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?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Policy Adviser

Syllabus

MODULE 1: INTRODUCING: BECOMING HUMAN
   
MODULE 2: DARWIN
   
MODULE 3: SEX
   
MODULE 4: BRAINS
12 Student
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Cost Free Online Course
Subject Anthropology
Institution Macquarie University
Provider Open2Study
Language English
Calendar 4 weeks long

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12 reviews for Open2Study's Becoming Human: Anthropology

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Robert Loring completed 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.
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4 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I absolutely loved this mooc. It's not what I had expected; perhaps I have a wrong idea about the field of anthropology. Nevertheless, I learned so many new things! I highly recommend it!
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3 years ago
Maboroshi partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Quite nice. The courseware is engaging, although some topics are restricted to open2study platform to be further developed. At least one can really learn something from the lectures, I think.
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Anonymous completed this course.
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.
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3 years ago
Nathan completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Excellent course, it has very intriguing material, and high production quality. I found it really engaging. Recommended for everyone who's interested in evolution and anthropology.
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