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ANT 110 - Forensic Anthropology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course offers an overview of the scope of modern forensic anthropology. Major areas covered include personal identification and legal consideration, search and recovery, interpretation of trauma and taphonomy, analytical techniques and applications of forensic anthropology. Case presentations will be utilized to demonstrate professional and ethical responsibilities, scientific rigor and the multidisciplinary approach of forensics. Please note this course does not satisfy the requirements for the CJC program.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the roles and methods of modern forensic anthropology.
  2. Utilize scientific methodology.
  3. Discuss the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science.
  4. Define skeletal biology and bio-archaeology.
  5. Describe medico-legal and ethical issues.
  6. Recognize the humanitarian issues for the victim/s and their families.
Listed Topics
  1. Physical Anthropology
  2. Skeletal structure, growth and changes natural and traumatic
  3. Archaeological methods
  4. Forensic Science
  5. Forensic team roles and modern technology
  6. DNA, RNA, Wound Identification, Pre and post mortem trauma.
  7. Historical and contemporary medico-legal issues.
  8. Presentation of forensic findings in court.
  9. Growth of Forensic Anthropology
  10. Ethics in forensics
Reference Materials
Text books, Internet, Autopsies, readings, discussions.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/18/2009
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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