Provides a brief history of forensic sciences, an introduction to some of the techniques used, and a demonstration of some of the applications of forensic sciences. A survey course designed to give the student some exposure to the kinds of scientific knowledge and techniques applied to the medico-legal investigation of death and other crimes.
Courses Offered in Fall 2016
An introduction to the evolution of human physiology and human behavior, the relationship between hominid and non-hominid primates, and the study of relationships between a population of humans and their biophysical environment.
Culture and social relationships in a wide variety of settings from small-scale to complex societies. An overview of how anthropology analyzes human behavior. Particular attention to the relationship between language and culture.
A theoretical consideration of ecological anthropology, focusing on issues related to cooperation, the management of common property, resilience, and sustainability. Explores the methods of sociocultural anthropology, including ethnology, evolutionary game theory and agent-based modeling; and natural-science approaches including behavioral and systems ecology.
An overview of the history and current practices of applied anthropology. This includes relationships between applied anthropology and other major subfields of the profession; the interdisciplinary and public context of applied anthropology; and problems of significance, utility, and ethics associated with applied anthropology.
An introduction to the use of ethnography and qualitative methods in applied and policy contexts. Qualitative methods discussed include informal and systematic approaches. Students undertake fieldwork in local settings to practice the qualitative methods and to develop analysis and report writing skills.
A broad perspective of the history of social cultural theory in anthropology and the critical skills needed for understanding the subdiscipline is provided. An overview of the history of theorizing about society and culture will help outline the past, present, and future of anthropology and its relations with other scientific and humanistic disciplines.