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FORENSIC ARCHEO-ANTHROPOLOGY (LM)

CODE 106578
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 11265 ARCHEOLOGIE: PROFESSIONE E SAPERI (ARCHEOPES)(LM-2) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR MED/43
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course aims to provide students with a series of basic notions on the subject of Italian Legislation, Forensic Medicine and Forensic Anthropology within the archaeological framework. In order to reach such a goal, Professors from different Universities and with various backgrounds and specializations are involved in teaching. Among them, Prof. Ezio Fulcheri of the University of Genoa, Prof. Rosa Boano of the University of Turin, Prof. Marta Licata of the University of Insubria as well as, of course, the Responsible of the course (Prof. Alessandro Bonsignore), together with Prof. Camilla Tettamanti and Dr. Francesca Frigiolini from the Section of Legal and Forensic Medicine - DISSAL.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Recognize and distinguish, on ancient human remains: 
    a) the effects of the various types of burial and / or conservation of bodies or remains over time (thanatology);
    b) the various types of random, intentional, ritual or violent manipulations and deformations of the body in life or post mortem.
    
    Provide adequate information about the Italian legislation  on the subject of burial and conservation and museumization of human remains.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The implementation of the aforementioned learning outcomes will take place through the creation of classroom laboratories and active partecipation in research areas, during which the Professors will have the opportunity to provide direct training experiences to students who will be able, in this way, to apply the previously acquired theoretical notions in the real life.
    
    About learning outcomes: please refer to the dedicated section "exam description" and "assessment methods" in the "second part" of this teaching sheet.

    PREREQUISITES

    There are no substantial pre-requisites to be able to access the Course, other than having completed a three-year basic university Course that gives access to the ARCHEOPES Master Degree.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lessons will take place only in person.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    - Introduction to the course: Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pathology, legislation (Mortuary Police Regulation, Criminal and Civil Codes, Special Laws, etc.)
    - Principles of the history of Anatomy; anatomical and terminological framework
    - Notes on anatomy: the axial (skull and spine) and extra-axial (upper and lower limbs) skeletal system
    - Embryology and skeletal formation; bone histology
    - The inspection and the extraction of the human remains
    - Genetic identification
    - Skeletal system - Anthropological identification (species, genus, age)
    - Case studies: practical examples of inspections and identification
    - Tafonomy and main lesions and differential diagnosis ante and post mortem
    - Conservation and Musealisation of the human remains
    - Consecutive and special transformative phenomena
    - Dental anatomy and forensic odontology

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Slides of the presentations and links uploaded to the dedicated "teams" portal. For integration and further information:

    - Medicina legale e delle assicurazioni di G. Aristide Norelli, Claudio Buccelli, Vittorio Fineschi. Editore: Piccin - Nuova Libraria. 2013

    - Anatomia Umana di W. Platzer. Editore: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana. V edizione

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ALESSANDRO BONSIGNORE (President)

    FRANCESCA MARIA ELENA FRIGIOLINI

    CAMILLA TETTAMANTI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Lessons are held between February and March, every year, for a total amount of 40 hours divided into 2 or 4 hour lessons, usually on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam takes place at the Departmental Section of Legal and Forensic Medicine of the University of Genoa - Via De Toni 12 (San Martino Polyclinic Teaching Hospital), through a written test (quiz with multiple answers: only one answer right between 4 or 5 options) which focuses solely on the topics discussed during classes.
    
     

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    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Written modality: quiz with multiple choice (one correct answer between 4 or 5 options) which focuses solely on the topics discussed during classes.