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ANT 110 - Forensic Anthropology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 090  or placement

Forensic anthropology is a subfield of physical anthropology. Forensic anthropologists apply anthropological research methods in a medico-legal setting to assist medical examiners, coroners and law enforcement officials in the recovery and identification of human remains in forensic cases. Students examine the role, services and skills of a forensic anthropologist in the medico-legal setting. 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. Describe aspects of forensic anthropology as practiced in North America.
  2. Apply research methods and techniques employed in site identification and recovery.
  3. Perform a comprehensive analysis of human skeletal information.
  4. Discuss how determinations are made of identity, manner of death and how peri/postmortem event reconstructions are made.
  5. Analyze similarities and differences in human cultures.
  6. Apply research findings to generalize about human nature.
Listed Topics
  1. Physical anthropology
  2. Skeletal structure, growth and changes
  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
Currently recognized textbooks and other books, academic articles, news and media sources, publicly available data sets, online resources including video materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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