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300095 SE The skeletal biology of growth behaviour and health in past populations (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work
We 26.01. 13:15-14:45 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 10 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 13.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 03.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 10.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 17.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 24.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 01.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 12.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 19.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will provide a critical overview of the nature of skeletal samples, the information we can gain from the human skeleton and some of the limitations of skeletal analysis. The course will cover the main methods used in the study of skeletal and dental remains and critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of these methods. It is expected that students will have previous training in osteology or skeletal anatomy, but this course is not necessarily limited to those pursuing advanced degrees in biological anthropology. This course is designed to develop skills in research, skeletal analysis, and written communication.
Topics covered include: stature & growth studies, n on specific stress, infectious disease, trauma, osteoarthritis-DJD, dental pathology, paleodiets, paleodemography, activity and musculo-skeletal markers (MSM), nonmetric trait variation, dental anthropology, craniometric studies, ancient DNA studies

Assessment and permitted materials

Class attendance and participations (10%)
Article/chapter presentation and discussion (40%): You will sign up in pairs for a topic on the first day of class. Every few lectures, a pair of students will be in charge of the assigned readings (usually two) that relate to the given lecture topic. As a pair, you will post at least four questions (two per person) the day before that lecture on e-learning for peer-student viewing (under “Discussion” click “Compose”), and then lead an in-class brief discussion on the subject (10%). At the start each of the pair will present a 5 min presentation on the topic.
A research Paper (50%): A research paper (5000 words + references, figures) on a topic relevant to the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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