Arizona State University Online Course on Human Origins

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. This course is aimed to guide you through an exploration of the scientific evidence for the evolution of humans and our fossil relatives and humankind’s place in the natural world.

This course covers an introduction to evolutionary theory, an overview of the hominin fossil record and what that record teaches us about our place in nature. The course will start from June 11, 2018.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 18 hours/week
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: Arizona State University
Languages: English
Level: Introductory
Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $49)
Certificate Available:  Yes
Session: Starts on June 11, 2018

Providers Details

The Arizona State University and edX are providing this online course on Human Origins. The Arizona State University is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.

EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.

About This Course

This course satisfies the Social-behavioral sciences (SB) general studies requirement at Arizona State University. This course may satisfy a general education requirement at other institutions; however, 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 the credit.

Human Origins: An introductory subject which presents the main outlines of human evolution, both physical and cultural. The subject’s scope encompasses our immediate pre-hominid ancestors of the Miocene, dating to between 6 and 22 million years ago, and all subsequent hominids including anatomically modern Homo sapiens who first appear within the past 150,000 years.

The subject integrates recent research in human palaeontology and archaeology to examine the interconnections between human physical and cultural development during the course of human evolution.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course and applicants will receive an official credential from the institution and signed by the instructor. The certificate verifies your achievement and can be used to highlight skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile.

This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course students will:

  • 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 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


  • Donald C. Johanson
    Founding Director, Institute of Human OriginsArizona State University



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