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Fall 2017-2018
* ANT 309A / STC 310A (SA)   na, npdf

Forensic Anthropology and Epigenetics in Urban America

Jeffrey D. Himpele
Janet M. Monge

Forensic anthropology involves medico-legal cases where human remains have lost "personhood" (an individual cannot be identified due to decomposition or destruction of unique personal features). We will explore techniques of analysis that biological anthropologists apply to forensic cases. We will blend the sub-disciplines of social and biological anthropology by tracing the intertwined physiological and social factors that shape human variation and life experience in an urban setting. We weigh and consider epigenetic mechanisms by which external variables may bring about heritable molecular changes in the expression of genetic phenotypes.

Sample reading list:
Langley & Tersigni-Tarrant (Eds.) 2017, Forensic Anthropology
Hunter, Marcus Anthony, Black Citymakers
Adams, Carolyn et al., Philadelphia: Neighborhoods, Division and Conflict
Goode, Judith, Urban Life
R. LeGates and F. Stout, eds., The City Reader
selected readings, Annual Review of Anthropology
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings. In precept, collect and analyze social and environmental data pertaining to the subjects in a physiological dataset (from real-world individual subjects from Philadelphia) that students in ANT 309B lab will collect, interpret and curate in their developmental and physiological studies.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required

Statistical, design or other software use required

United States Travel Required

Other information:
ANT 309A & 309B meet together for lectures. Students in 309A will meet in precepts to collect and analyze social and environmental data pertaining to the physiological data studied by students in 309B lab. Collaborating as a team, the two groups of students will conduct integrated scientific and social science research, and plan and shape long term research by implementing a dataset that will continue to be studied and expanded after this course ends. See ANT 309B for more information.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22222 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
22223 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M        Enrolled:9 Limit:9 Closed
22224 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm M        Enrolled:3 Limit:8