Course Description

Course Name

Human Evolution

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Course entry requirements: Any first-year Science course, or any first-year Humanities course from a related discipline such as Social Anthropology, Historical Studies, Sociology, etc or by permission of the Head of Department.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
In AGE2011S we examine the record of primate and hominid evolution, showing how the traces of fossil skeletons and artefacts are interpreted in terms of human behaviour and evolutionary processes. We answer such questions as Why in Africa? Why a larger brain? Why bipedalism? Why make tools? and situate the study of human origins in its evolutionary context. The syllabus for AGE2011S includes practical sessions for the study of primate and human, fossil and recent skeletal material and the artefacts associated with early hominids.

*Course content subject to change