Professional Course

Evolution of the Human Sociality: A Quest for the Origin of Our Social Behavior

edX, Online
6 weeks
49 USD
Next course start
Start anytime See details
Self-paced Online
6 weeks
49 USD
Next course start
Start anytime See details
Self-paced Online
Visit this course's homepage on the provider's site to learn more or book!

Course description

Evolution of the Human Sociality: A Quest for the Origin of Our Social Behavior

Through the process of evolution, animals have developed their biological features and their cultures based on their surrounding environments. How we live our lives today is a direct result of features developed from our primate ancestors as they adapted to new environments.

In primatology, it is essential to think about how cultural development and biological natures are inseparable.

This course will help you rediscover the process of evolution and will introduce primatological studies conducted by researchers at Kyoto University, Japan. Based on carefully conducted research on primate species, we will explore the origins of human beings and provide you with examples of common similarities between human beings and non-human primates.

We will analyze basic features, such as foraging, mating, aggression, and communication from the primatological viewpoint. Furthermore, cultural and social aspects of human society, from the formation of family groups to community activities, will be considered thoroughly, in comparison to those of monkeys and apes.

Our goal is to broaden your view of humans to a wider extent and think dynamically about your biology in terms of human evolution. Through acquiring knowledge of basic primatology in this course, you will establish a viewpoint to think and discuss the evolutionary process of human, and human society, in conjunction with those of our close relatives.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

Start anytime

  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


No previous academic knowledge is required.

Training content

History & Concept of Japanese Primatology

  • The Dawn of Primatology
  • The History of Japanese Primatology
  • "Culture" of Non-Human Animals
  • Studies on Gorillas

What Primatologists Found on Japanese Macaques

  • Different Models for the Social Evolution in Non-Human Primates
  • Living in the Northern Limit: Japanese Macaques
  • Society of Japanese Macaques and Effects of Provisioning
  • Forests Make Society: A Comparative Study of Japanese Macaques
  • Social Differences between Kinkazan and Yakushima
  • New Findings from Yakushima and Conclusion

The Places Where Humans and Primates Evolved

  • Tropical Rain Forest Where Primates Evolved
  • Humans Exited from the Forest
  • Adaptation of Primates in African Tropical Forest
  • Co-Evolution of Plants and Primates
  • Evolution of Human Ancestors
  • How do Gorillas and Chimpanzees Coexist?
  • My Study on Sympatric Gorillas and Chimpanzees in DR Congo

Food and Sex Shape Primate Sociality

  • Influences of Food on Primate Society
  • Inter-Individual Relationships and Food Transfer
  • The New Discovery of Food Sharing among Adult Gorillas
  • Human Evolution and Food Sharing
  • How Does Sex Shape Primate Sociality
  • Human Sexuality and Evolution of Social Structure

Aggression and Society

  • Has Human Evolved as an Excellent Hunter?
  • Aggression and Social Intelligence of Old World Monkeys
  • Face to Face Communication in Great Apes and Humans
  • Infanticide in Non-Human Primates
  • Infanticide Affects Social Behavior

Evolution of Life History Strategy

  • Primates Are Mammals of Slow Life History and Careful Nurturing
  • Female Dispersal Versus Female Philopatry
  • Life History in Human and Great Apes: Similarity and Uniqueness
  • Human Evolution: From Bipedalism to Family Formation
  • Synthesis: Evolution of Human Sociality

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Kyoto University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$49
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Basic concepts and scientific evidence of primatology
  • The process of human evolution in conjunction with those of primates.
  • Ability to discuss the process of human evolution through the history of primate evolution

Contact this provider

Contact course provider

Fill out your details to find out more about Evolution of the Human Sociality: A Quest for the Origin of Our Social Behavior.

  Contact the provider

  Get more information

  Register your interest

Country *

reCAPTCHA logo This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
141 Portland Street
02139 Cambridge Massachusetts


edX For Business helps leading companies upskill their labor forces by making the world’s greatest educational resources available to learners across a wide variety of in-demand fields. edX For Business delivers high-quality corporate eLearning to train and engage your employees...

Read more and show all training delivered by this supplier