INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE AND THE LAW

LCR2FSL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline


Building on the scientific methods explicated in Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law, this subject examines the legal/forensic dimensions of the application of the physical sciences to the criminal justice process.  It introduces students to the general principles and practices of forensic science and its role in investigation, prosecution and defence. The topics covered include the development and history of forensic science, an overview of the major forensic disciplines, the law and practices surrounding the use of forensic in court proceedings (considered via a range of case studies) and current issues in relation to forensic science.





SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnne Wallace

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate (but not postgraduate) degree offered by the School of Law or permission of the Course Co-ordinator or delegate.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science Course may take this subject as a Law Elective.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Forensic Science and the LawPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An understanding of the history and development of the forensic application of the physical sciences.

Activities:
Lectures and tutorials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. An understanding of the role of the core sciences (chemistry, physics, biology, maths) in forensic science and of the methods used for the comparative examination of forensic science

Activities:
Selected applications of the core sciences will be examined and discussed in lectures, tutorials and case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. An appreciation of the role of forensic sciences in the criminal justice system, and of their diversity.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and case studies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. A capacity to understand and critically evaluate key concepts relating to forensic science and the law.

Activities:
Presentations and tutorials critically analysing legal principles relating to forensic science. Students are required to use new language in discussion and written settings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Identify and discuss key issues relating to the use of forensic science in the criminal justice

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and case studies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne Wallace

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One essay (1500 words)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.30 02, 04, 05
One take-home examination (3000 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05