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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.

Contact information

Coordinator: Dr. C. Tudorache
Email: c.tudorache@biology.leidenuniv.nl


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.

Learning goals

Course objectives:

The student will learn:

  • how to use primary scientific literature.

  • how to structure a critical review of ideas and evidence about a particular topic.

  • how to give a very brief presentation about their topic.

Final qualifications:

The student will demonstrate the ability to write a review of a topic based on primary literature and top summarize the topic in a very brief verbal presentation.


From 6 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. A detailed time table will be published on blackboard.

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.


Instructions on assignments will be published.

Reading list

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


Register for this course via Usis and enroll in Blackboard.

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