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BA Politics and Modern History / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: a history of forensic medicine
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Through a historical perspective, you will look at a wide range of forensic investigation techniques. From lie detectors and DNA 'fingerprinting' to detective fiction, newspaper reports of murder trials, and present-day TV forensic dramas; you will investigate who make claims to forensic truth and what tools and techniques they use to arrive at that conclusion.
This unit does not require prior scientific, legal or historical knowledge; just a curiosity about styles of forensic investigation, past and present.
This course investigates the growing literature on the legal application of medical and scientific expertise; contextualizes contemporary understandings of and interest in forensics and its popular representations; and considers the history of forensics as a practical example of the dynamics of public understanding of science.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||25%|
Students are encouraged ask questions at any time during lectures and seminars. Teaching staff will answer specific queries by email and during office hours, and will provide contact details in the course handbook or at lectures. All submitted coursework will be returned with annotations and an assessment sheet explaining the mark awarded.
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|Ian Burney||Unit coordinator|