Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

PREREQUISITE: V14.0002.

Biological anthropology examines the evolutionary history and adaptability of humans and our ancestors. Forensic anthropology is an applied subfield of biological anthropology that provides expert analysis of the skeleton in a medico-legal setting by utilizing methods developed in skeletal biology, archaeology, and the forensic sciences. Forensic anthropologists play critical roles in identifying victims of mass fatalities resulting from both natural and human-made disasters, homicides (both historic and recent), human rights abuses, and war deaths and providing information that may assist in determining the cause of death. We will examine how forensic anthropologists approach modern and historic crimes in the laboratory and the field. You will be introduced to the underlying theory and the applied techniques that forensic anthropologists use to recover and identify individuals and assess what happened to the individual before and after death. At the end of the course, you will have a better appreciation of the theory and practice of forensic anthropology, but you will not have the advanced training required to practice forensic anthropology. Course grades are based on a combination of exam and lab work.

Biological anthropology examines the evolutionary history and adaptability of humans and our ancestors. Forensic anthropology is an applied subfield of biological anthropology that provides expert analysis of the skeleton in a medicolegal setting by utilizing methods developed in skeletal biology, archaeology, and the forensic sciences. Forensic anthropologists play critical roles in identifying victims of mass fatalities (such as World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings), in investigating homicides (such as identifying the Russian tsar?s family), and in distinguishing cause of death. We examine how forensic anthropologists approach modern and historic crimes in the laboratory and the field. Students are introduced to the underlying theory and the applied techniques that forensic anthropologists use to recover and identify individuals and assess cause of death.

Term

Section

Instructor

Schedule

Location

Spring 2019

1
Stephan Naji
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 25WV KRIS

Summer 2019

6W2
Jennifer Lila Trowbridge
MTWR: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM; MTWR: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM 25WV 204