Fall 2017 - ARCH 442 D100

Forensic Anthropology (5)

Class Number: 4777

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 5 – Dec 4, 2017: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Hugo Cardoso
    Office: EDB 9621
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 373.



Current techniques in identification of recent human skeletal remains.


This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to the role of the forensic anthropologist in death investigations. The core of the course will deal with anthropological methods of examination in the laboratory, including distinguishing animal from human bone, evaluating forensic significance, estimating time elapsed since death, estimating ancestry, sex, age and stature, establishing identification, trauma analysis and reconstructing the circumstances of death. Topics also include detection and recovery of human remains, and age estimation in the living. Students will gain experience working on a mock forensic case, and will learn from lectures (3 hours per week) and structured labs (2 hours per week).


  • Weekly Lab Assignments 40%
  • Mid-term Paper 20%
  • Final Report and Presentation 40%


Labs will be based on handling real human bones. Some of the material presented during lectures might contain disturbing images.  

Course materials will be posted on SFU's learning management system, CANVAS (http://www.sfu.ca/canvas.html), on a weekly basis.



Angi M. Christensen, Nicholas V. Passalacqua, Eric J. Bartelink. Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice. Academic Press.
ISBN: 978-0-1241-8671-2

Additional readings will be assigned for some lectures and will be on reserve in the library.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:

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