Students must obtain the approval of the Unit Coordinator prior to enrolling in this unit.
This unit provides a survey and overview of interventions in the field of forensic studies. 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, 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 studies, as well specific approaches, perspectives and techniques within the broad field.
|Unit name||Foundations of Forensic Studies|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Policing and Emergency Management|
|Coordinator||Doctor Loene Howes|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of diverse forensic disciplines, techniques and roles in the context of criminal investigations and court processes.
- Analyse the social processes involved in the collection, analysis and use of forensic traces from crime scenes to courts (i.e., the forensic process), including the investigative process.
- Critically evaluate and articulate your own position on key debates surrounding the use of forensic evidence in the criminal justice field.
- Communicate complex ideas in written and verbal forms.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Lecture, 1.5 hours, 1x weekly
Tutorial, 1 hour, 1x weekly
|Assessment||Topic proposal (10%)|Discussion participation (10%)|Topic outline essay (30%)|Essay (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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