ANT 105 - Forensic Anthropology
An introduction to the methods and techniques used by forensic anthropologists to identify and recover human remains and establish circumstances of death. Using case reports and skeletal materials, students explore how anthropologists work with other disciplines to estimate age, gender, ethnic affiliation, stature, traumatic injury and pathologies. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills needed to reconstruct events surrounding the life and death of individuals both ancient and modern.
SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)
MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the methods and techniques used to locate and recover human skeletal remains.
2. Explain the procedures involved in the initial treatment of remains, determining human from non-human bones, and estimating the minimum number of individuals.
3. Identify the bones and major anatomical features of the human skeleton.
4. Employ metric and non-metric techniques for determining sex, age, ancestry, and stature.
5. Describe how postmortem processes can be used to estimate time-since-death.
6. Identify the techniques used in determining trauma and/or pathological conditions of the human skeleton.
7. Organize and prepare oral presentations and written documents about issues and topics of concern to forensic anthropologists.
Course Offered Fall, Spring