FSP 505 Forensics Anthropology

Mode of Study -- Online
SIFS shade

    Course Outline

    Forensic Anthropology

    Forensic anthropology represents a robust, dynamic and international field that involves interdisciplinary research, diverse applications and is basically a component of physical anthropology i.e. the study of human population from a biological and evolutionary perspective. 


    Forensic anthropology uses the methods and goals of physical anthropology to study questions of medico-legal significance. It is one of the eminent area of study for college students and scientists. Its various subfields are forensic archaeology and forensic taphonomy, in a legal setting. A forensic anthropologist can not only assist in the identification of deceased individuals whose remains are decomposed, burned, mutilated or otherwise unrecognizable, as might happen in a plane crash. But can also deals with human body measurements, in order to establish the identity of a person aiding in criminal profiling.


    The use of anthropology in the forensic investigation of remains grew out of the recognition of anthropology as a distinct scientific discipline and the growth of physical anthropology. Anthropology is a diverse field of study that includes many specialties, or sub disciplines, that usually fall under the areas of cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, or physical anthropology. The one thing that all anthropologists have in common is that they are interested in the study of human beings. A major component of physical anthropology is the study of the human skeleton, or human osteology. Experts during the study of the human skeleton, or human osteologists may apply their skills to the fossilized remains of ancestral humans.


    Regardless of whether the skeleton is fossilized, prehistoric, historic or modern many of the goals of an osteological analysis are the same: to reconstruct as much as possible about a person's life from a thorough examination of his or her bones after death. This course is designed for apprentices who have an interest in forensic anthropology, it emphasize on the detection, recovery, and identification of human remains within a legal context. It basically focuses on the applied science of forensic anthropology and provide general introduction to many facets of a forensic anthropologists job.


    After studying this you will get an overview of the human skeleton and an introduction to the methods used by forensic anthropologists in the identification and analysis of skeletal remains (e.g., age, death, sex, ancestry, stature, and personal identification). We will also discuss the role of the forensic anthropologist in the investigation of human rights abuses, mass disasters, and criminal investigations.