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ANT 205 - September 16th, 2013.doc

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Carolan Wood

Topic // Critical Thinking in Forensic Anthropology • Evaluate methods, theories, published articles, find out the biases • With regards to evidence we want to evaluate the significance of it because it can have serious consequences if MISTAKES are made • FOR THE PAPER – show your line of thinking and explain a chain of evidence strong enough to provide a solution for! Uses • we use critical thinking skills to evaluate the quality, reliability and the value of our information • we want to be able to detect flaws in our own or someone else’s argument of methodology • Critical thinking is used to evaluate articles, documents, witnesses and websites • It is also used to distinguish good versus bad sources and arguments • Critical thinking forms a logical basis for ALL decisions and for PROBLEM SOLVING F.Anthropoogists use critical thinking to design search strategies and every situation is UNIQUE. Critical thinking for Forensic Anthropologists is used to determine the best way to recover remains. i.e – conducting an excavation. This has to be done without damaging or LOSING any evidence. . It is imperative to recover ALL types of evidence even in time sensitive situations. Forensic Anthropologists use critical thinking for FORENSIC SIGNIFICANCE + to evaluate methods of sex, age, ancestry and stature. This is because you MUST BE ABLE to JUSTIFY which methods you used in court and to people who have never done this before aka a jury. Critical thinking is done to confirm or refute identification for hard evidence purposes. It is also done to interpret evidence at a scene. Criticcal thinking for Forensic Anthropologists: • helps analyze a death accident • analyze the burial or deposition incident i.e – how much work did the person who killed someone put into the killing to begin with? This adds up to intent and allows F.As to figure out if the murder was intentional or not. • It uses to look at subsequent events, meaning what has happened to a body AFTER it has been disposed. • To evaluate bone damage • To establish the mode and manner of a death Exam Question: how does a forensic anthropologist use critical thinking? Provide an example from the readings or the lecture. The Introduction of the paper is worth 5% Structure Intro: 1. “The purpose of this paper is to” - must be clear, concise nothing flowery 2. Methods – how are you going to carry out the statement of purpose for this paper. - What is the purpose? What methods will be used to critically evaluate, what sources will be used? The methods used for this paper will be through the triangulation of data sources: peer review journal articles, lecture notes, books etc 3. State your position - is this episode realistic or not? - Why or why not? - “The television show Bones is not a realistic portrayal of Forensic Anthropology because: - Brief synopsis of the episode in less than 3 sentences that is RELATED to the paper. Content: 10% - all aspects UST be linked to the purpose of the paper - how does each aspect of the paper help to contribute to the evaluation of the episode - We can critically evaluate Dr. Brennans behavior or Booth’s behavior relative to the crime scene - Take a FIRM stand in opinion - No assumptions, facts only, be SPECIFIC - Make ideas and random shit CONCRETE. Define your terms within each
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