Anthropology (ANTH) 336

The Story of Us: The Evolution of Human Behaviour (Revision 2)

ANTH 336

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: Minimum 3 credits at the junior level in anthropology, biology, or psychology. ANTH 278 is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 336 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Anthropology 336: The Story of Us: The Evolution of Human Behaviour is a three-credit intermediate-level course that provides a general introduction to various topics related to the evolution of human adaptations, including various human behaviours.


The course consists of the following eleven units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding Human Behavioural Adaptations
  • Unit 2: Basic Bones and Stones: A Review of the Human Fossil Record
  • Unit 3: The Value of a Cross-Species Perspective in Understanding Human Adaptations
  • Unit 4: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Unit 5: Human Mate Preference and Pair Bonding: Proximate and Functional Mechanisms
  • Unit 6: Human Menopause
  • Unit 7: The Evolutionary Origins of Human Language, Part I: What Is It and Who Has It?
  • Unit 8: The Evolutionary Origins of Human Language, Part II: Where Did It Come From?
  • Unit 9: Gene-Culture Evolution and Human Diets
  • Unit 10: The Adaptive Value of Religion
  • Unit 11: The Future of Homo sapiens: Are We Still Evolving?


To receive credit for ANTH 336, you must complete the essay assignment, write a midterm and a final examination, and achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on both the midterm and final examinations and an overall grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course.

Activity Weighting
Telephone Assignment 5%
Midterm Exam 30%
Essay Assignment 30%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

All required readings and other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 336 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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