This unit does not count toward the Sociology major. Students can take this unit as a student/degree elective or as part of the Criminology major.
Forensic science is becoming an integral component of the criminal justice system. However, the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system is only now beginning to emerge as an area of research interest among criminologists.
This unit provides a survey and overview of the field of forensic investigation by examining the significance of forensic science in various stages of the criminal justice process; that is, from the crime scene to the courts. The unit covers topics such as crime scene investigation, forensic science, e-forensics, forensic interventions in social work and psychology, and the sociology of forensic studies. Discussion includes identification of diverse experts in the field, analysis of different notions of expertise and objectives, the role of forensic evidence in serious and volume crime (and in miscarriages of justice), forensic intelligence, forensics and human rights, and evaluation of media images of forensic work.
The unit provides a general introduction to the history and development of forensic investigation, as well as specific approaches, perspectives and techniques within the broad field. The potential to develop a critical sociological/criminological approach to the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system will be explored.
|Unit name||Forensic investigation|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
|Coordinator||Doctor Loene Howes|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Explain the strengths and limitations of various forensic roles and techniques as applied in the criminal justice process.
- Analyse the social processes that can impact the effective collection, analysis, and use of forensic science in the process from crime scene to court.
- Evaluate the use of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
- Communicate your ideas clearly in written and verbal form.
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
|Assessment||Assessment Task 3: Take-home exam (30%)|Assessment Task 4: Tutorial participation (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Essay (40%)|Assessment Task 1: Short answer (20%)|
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