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Review on topic of own choice


Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Human Evolution and registration is restricted to students who followed the preceding courses of this minor.


With the acquired knowledge from the preceding courses students have to identify a field of special interest. During this module, they are expected to choose a topic of human evolution to review in more detail by writing an individual review that summarizes the existing knowledge and provides ideas that might advance the field. They will also present their topic in a flash talk at the end of the course.

Course Objectives

After completion of this course, the student can:
1. Write an essay about a topic of free choice about human evolution.
2. Structure a critical review of ideas and evidence about a particular topic.
3. Summarize the topic in a very brief presentation.
4. Evaluate presentations of fellow students according to a scheme.


From 9 January 2023 to 3 February 2023. A detailed time table will be published on Brightspace.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Introduction on the writing assignment and on verbal presentation.

Assessment method

Score on the quality of the produced review and the presentation.

Reading list

Students will search themselves to obtain relevant literature for their review.


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information. Exemptions are minor students and fall semester for 1st year bachelor students: the student administration will enroll these groups for courses.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.


Coordinator: Dr. C. Tudorache


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