The course will take you on a fascinating journey through the scientific evidence for human evolution. Dr. Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who found the famous skeleton “Lucy,” will guide you through an overview of the hominin fossil record as well as introduce you to evolutionary theory. Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to dive deeper into the world of paleoanthropological field research from Dr. Johanson’s perspective.
Course prerequisites and requirements
To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.
Next start date:
Jan. 11, 2022
Jun. 7, 2022
- Credits: 3
- Length: 8 weeks
- Cost: $25 + $400
What you’ll learn
- Outline the nature of science and explain how scientific research is conducted.
- Identify humans’ place in the natural world from taxonomic/phylogenetic perspectives.
- Define the role of paleoanthropologists in human origins research.
- Identify how paleoanthropologists use the scientific method to formulate hypotheses and strategically conduct research.
- Articulate differences between scientific evidence for human evolution and non-scientific, non-testable, explanations for human origins.
What to expect in class
Video and Audio Lectures, readings, quizzes, midterm exam, final exam, interactive mastery exercises, discussion boards, introductions, and a course readiness course
Exams and grading
Content Mastery (7)
This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.
This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.