ANTH105-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Human Evolution

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course is an introduction to the biological, behavioural, and cultural evolution of hominids from the earliest evidence to the emergence of the Neolithic revolution. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, paleoanthropology, archaeology and physical anthropology. Up-to-date knowledge about how we have become what we are today, and how such knowledge has been produced in academic research will be presented. By examining the human past, students will develop an understanding human universals and sociocultural variation, which enables us to develop a deeper bicultural understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand today.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, students will be able to:
a. Understand the basic principles and practices in palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology.
b. Be familiar with the up-to-date knowledge of human evolution.
c. Understand the assumptions, evidence, methods, arguments and theories involved in-research on human evolution.
d. Develop cultural and bi-cultural competency based on understandings of the human past.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Recording Available 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Contact Person

Zhifang Song


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid-term test 25% This test will be administered during the first lecture in week 7.
Tutorial participation and note taking 10% a. Tutorial quiz (5%) b. Attendance and Participation in group discussions (5%)
Lecture Quiz 5%
Essay 25% Students are to choose one out of four topics and develop an essay of around 1500 words based on the reading materials and lectures.
Final Examination 35%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Shoot Shook; Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology ; 2nd; American Anthropological Association, 2023 (

Tori M Saneda and Michelle Field; Biological Anthropology: A Brief Introduction ; Pressbooks, 2022 (

Other reading materials uploaded to Learn by instructors (in the section Required Readings).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All ANTH105 Occurrences

  • ANTH105-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • ANTH105-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)