Human Origins and Civilisations

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Origins and Civilisations

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A review of archaeological evidence for the origins and cultural development of the human species from its earliest appearance up to and including the rise of early civilisations.

    Where did we come from? What was the Palaeolithic Stone Age? What was the Neolithic Revolution? How did civilisations develop? Take a journey with us and explore humanities past beginning with our remote ancestors millions of years ago in Africa, to the changing Palaeolithic and the spread of humanity across the globe some 50,000 years ago, to the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago, and the beginning of sedentary society, to the beginnings of ancient civilisation. Join us as we explore the ruins of the past through archaeology.

    Scarre, C., The Human Past. Thames and Hudson

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.