Teaching

Currently teaching at Brandon University:

12:173 Human Origins

This course examines the question of human origins and the emergence of cultural complexity. A non-technical survey of fossil Hominids and the primates is presented, together with evidence for technological and social developments which has been gathered from archaeological and paleontological sites. Evidence bearing on sex roles, systems of belief and complex social organization is discussed.

12:256 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

This course will provide a general survey of the discipline of forensic and death investigation in Canada at an introductory level. It provides an overview of the work done by forensic anthropologists in the field, laboratory, and courtroom. Basic concepts pertaining to the recovery of the work and analysis of human remains will be introduced.

12:284 Physical Anthropology

Topics include the evolution of humans, non-human primates, osteology, socio-biology, the physical foundations of social behaviour, human variation and the concepts of “race” and ancestry.

12:393 Zooarchaeology I

Animal bones are often recovered from archaeological sites; however, they may be in a highly fragmented condition. This course gives students with a strong interest in archaeology the opportunity to become familiar with the bones of mammals, fish and birds, shell and animal hair. Techniques for identifying and analyzing faunal remains are presented. Students get the opportunity to macerate an animal specimen if desired.

12:484 Palaeopathology

This course will provide a survey of the study of disease in past populations and highlight the importance of the relationship between culture and disease transmission. The recognition of disease processes in human skeletal remains and the importance of differential diagnosis will be emphasized. The course will cover a range of pathological conditions in human skeletons such as: non-specific indicators of stress, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, metabolic disease, arthritis, tumors and trauma. The role of theory and technology in paleopathology and problems associated with assessing disease and health in past populations will be discussed.

 

Additional Teaching:

I have also taught these courses at Brandon University:

12:363 Human Osteology

Calendar Description: A lecture/demonstration and practical laboratory course intended to establish the fundamentals in identification of human bones and a basic knowledge of human skeletal anatomy and function. The techniques learned in this course are the foundation to archaeological, forensic, and paleontological applications.

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 12:383 Osteobiography

Calendar Description: This course is an in-depth, critical study of the methods used for personal identification of human skeletal remains. Methods to determine age, sex, stature, and other personal identification markers will be covered. These methods are the cornerstones of bioarchaeological, palaeodemographic, palaeoepidemiological, and forensic anthropological research.

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12:483 History of Physical Anthropology

Calendar Description: This course will examine the historical development of physical anthropology from its roots in the natural sciences, anatomy and medicine. Concepts of race and evolution will be discussed as well as historical trends and biases that influence the practice of physical anthropology today.

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