Anthropology (ANTH) 336

Evolutionary Anthropology (Revision 1)

ANTH 336

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 278 or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 336 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Anthropology 336: Evolutionary Anthropology 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: Using a Cross-Species Perspective to Study Human Behaviour
  • Unit 4: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Unit 5: The Dating Game: Human Pair-Bonds and Mate Preferences
  • Unit 6: Menopause: Is It Unique to Humans?
  • Unit 7: The Evolution of Human Language: What Is It and Who Has It?
  • Unit 8: The Evolution of Human Language: Where Did It Come From?
  • Unit 9: Brains, Bodies, and Burgers: How Has Diet Shaped Human Evolution?
  • Unit 10: The Evolutionary Origins of Religion
  • Unit 11: The Future of Homo sapiens


To receive credit for ANTH 336, you must complete the essay assignment (Assignment 2), 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
Assignment 1 5%
Midterm Exam 30%
Assignment 2 30%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Fuentes, A. 2009. Evolution of human behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide. All other 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.

Opened in Revision 1, January 20, 2012