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Spring 2019

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CRJ118 - Forensic Anthropology

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines human skeletal remains in the context of medicolegal issues. Analyzes the scientific evidence of skeletal or badly decomposed remains in order to establish circumstances of death and identification of the decedent by estimating age, gender, racial affinity, stature, pathologic conditions, and traumatic injury. Introduces human osteology, and presents methods and techniques used in forensic anthropology. Discusses case reports, contexts in which remains are found, and methods of recovery. Spring only.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the basic concepts involved in a forensic anthropology analysis, including describing the determinations of forensic anthropology.
2. Define the term osteology and explain its relation to forensic anthropology.
3. Explain the appropriate procedure and bone(s) to use to create a biological profile of unidentified human skeletal remains, describing how a forensic context is established and discussing the techniques used to establish a positive identification of unidentified skeletal remains.*
4. Describe the role of the physical anthropologist in the medicolegal death investigation system and in non-forensic settings by discussing the qualifications of a forensic anthropologist, identifying the types of agencies or institutions where anthropologists are employed, describing other ancillary investigative specialties with which forensic anthropologists typically work and describing spheres of forensic anthropology.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the procedures involved in creating a biological profile of human skeletal remains.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of bone biology and skeletal growth and development.
7. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the forensics field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. Course Overview and Assignments
II. Intro to Forensic Anthropology
Bone Biology
III. Human Osteology
Skull, thorax, vertebrae, arm
IV. Human Osteology
Dentition, pelvis, leg, hand & foot
V. Methods of Analysis I
Human/Non-human
Forensic vs. Historical
VI. Methods of Analysis II
Sex and Age
VII. Methods of Analysis III
Ethnicity and Stature
VIII. Pathology and Disease
IX. Skeletal Trauma
X. Taphonomy & Time Since Death
XI. Methods of Recovery
Scene investigation & recovery
XII. Reconstruction/ Identification

Effective Term: Spring 2016