Forensic science is an integral component of the criminal justice system with applications in investigations, intelligence, courts, and disaster victim identification. However, it has been the subject of international critiques and a factor in high-profile cases of wrongful conviction. This unit examines forensic science as the object of study from a critical social sciences perspective. It highlights some pervasive issues such as the development of forensic science and limited foundational research, the challenges of communication to non-scientists, and the potential human rights issues associated with ongoing scientific advancements. The unit examines innovative research and practice that can contribute to addressing these complex and nuanced issues. It considers the potential for, and next steps in, the development of a critical social science approach to the role of forensic science in and beyond the criminal justice system. It incorporates an opportunity to explore a topic of personal interest and organisational relevance in more depth.
|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|
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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.
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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%)|
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