Course Description

From our remote ancestors in Africa to the origins of farming and settled life, the human story unfolds across six continents and thousands of generations. This survey of world prehistory examines the evidence for the earliest ancestry ofhumankind, the Neanderthal mystery (why did they disappear - or did they?), the appearance of modern humans, European cave art, the colonization of Australia and the Americas, and early farming communities in the Old and New Worlds.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize the terminology of prehistory
  • Logically evaluate various information sources on world prehistory
  • Consider variability, contamination, and error factors in reports
  • Obtain an appreciation for the archaeological record, and the ability to analyze issues relating to cultural heritage


Special Discount: For 20 hour Liberal Arts courses only, students 60 years and older at the time of registration qualify for a 10% discount on fees. To receive this discount, you must register in person or by calling 403-220-2866. 

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