Bones and Stones Laboratory
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once wrote "for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." This theory of experiential learning is still around today—and this winter students will put it into practice in the course Bones and Stones Laboratory.
Field expert Rene Studer-Halbach will teach the hands-on, lab-based course, which runs January 2 - 12, 2018. The course is offered by the Winter Session at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
“This course will benefit students by providing a uniquely hands-on environment for studying human evolution. This is a great opportunity, especially for those students who find it easier to learn with their hands. But even those who have studied these fossils in a lecture format will learn from a more intensive hands-on course. Students will not just learn about the fossils and artifacts, but also how to handle them, measure them, and more,” says Studer-Halbach.
The 1.5-credit course will include a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to study the human evolution exhibit.
The course, which is open to all students, fulfills the same Evolutionary Anthropology requirements as Introduction to Human Evolution (01:070:102) in conjunction with a 3-credit transfer credit of an introductory course in physical anthropology.