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Fall 2017-2018
* ANT 309B / STC 310B (STL)   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
White, T.D. 2011, Human Osteology. 3rd ed.
Selected readings, Forensic Science International
Selected readings, Journal of Forensic Sciences
Selected readings, American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Selected readings, American Journal of Human Biology
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings. In lab, collect, interpret, and curate developmental and physiological data from real-world individual subjects (from Philadelphia). Share data and results with students in ANT 309A precept who will collect and analyze social and environmental data pertaining to the subjects in the physiological dataset explored by us in our lab (in ANT 309B).

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Lab Reports - 50%

Other information:
ANT 309A & ANT 309B meet together for lectures. Students in 309B labs and 309A precepts will collaborate to create legible visualizations of holistic biological and socio-cultural relationships in the context of urban spaces. 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.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 10
Sophomores Only 10

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22227 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:33 Limit:40
22225 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Aaron Burr Hall   215   Enrolled:19 Limit:20
22226 B02 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm M   Aaron Burr Hall   215   Enrolled:14 Limit:20