Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Module code: CR3013

This module explores some of the common forensic techniques, and you will be encouraged to think critically about the underlying principles of physical evidence and how it contributes to police investigations.

Forensic science has also found its way into popular fiction, and forms the basis for some of the most popular television shows in the world (eg CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). The module will consider the impact that this has on the public’s perception of forensic science, and how this is might play a role in jury decision making in the courtroom. You will also explore some of the ethical and legal issues associated with forensic science practice, such as ethical implications of DNA databases, admissibility of evidence and ‘junk’ science, and miscarriages of justice. By introducing some of these issues, this module will provide you with the necessary skills to think critically about forensic science and the key issues surrounding its increasing use in the criminal justice system

Learning

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 0.5 hour tutorial
  • 120.5 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Written coursework (90%)
  • Flexible assessment (10%)