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Science & Nature

Bones, Bodies, & Disease

Explore the many ways scientists learn about the anthropology and archaeology of people, and the history of their lives, through the study of human remains!
Susan Lanigan
232 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 48 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

I am a practicing bioarchaeologist, and wrote my Master's thesis on the subject of paleopathology of Neolithic populations in North Africa. While I primarily work with people from the past at archaeological sites, I have also worked with police departments as a forensic anthropologist to help identify victims of violent crimes, as well as with public health organisations to determine risk and prevention of disease.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The course does require the viewing of images and discussion of subject matter that some may consider disturbing, unpleasant, or graphic. This includes photos or videos of skeletal remains and deceased human bodies in a scientific setting, as well as photos or videos that depict unpleasant physical symptoms of diseases. Also included is discussion of diseases, parasites, human organs and other viscera, as well as discussing how these topics are relevant in a legal setting when addressing forensic anthropology. All of these things are approached respectfully and with a scientific mindset, but students should be prepared.

The minimum age limit (11) is a requirement. However, if you have a student close to this age who is interested in the class, please contact me to discuss if the content would be an appropriate fit before enrolling your learner.


Susan Lanigan
Lives in the United States
Exploring the world one culture at a time!
232 total reviews
168 completed classes

About Me

Hi everyone! My name is Susan, and I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Bioarchaeology, as well as a BFA in Theatre Performance from Tulane University in beautiful New Orleans, LA. I love anything related to the humanities and the... 
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