The Past in Perspective is geared toward students with little-to-no previous coursework in prehistory and archaeology--the majority of students who take this course. It engages students with a humorous, conversational, story-telling style, and introduces them to "the big picture"--the grand sweep of human evolutionary history - without overwhelming them with unnecessary detail that they are unlikely to retain. It also encourages discussion in the classroom by emphasizing current debates within the field.