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Forensic studies in criminology: fostering skills in critical analysis


Howes, L, Forensic studies in criminology: fostering skills in critical analysis, The 33rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference of 2021, 08-10 December 2021, Griffith Criminology Institute, pp. 1 piece- abstract. (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Criminology has much to offer in critically analysing the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system. While forensic science is a topic of fascination and intrigue, popular understandings do not always accord with the realities. Recent critiques of forensic science and how it is used in the system highlight a need for greater forensic literacy amongst criminal justice practitioners and the broader public. This presentation discusses a suite of forensic studies units that take a critical social sciences perspective. Criminology students (in Arts, Arts/Law, Justice Studies, Policing, and Psychology degrees) develop their understanding of criminal justice systems and processes as they examine the impacts of various institutional arrangements on perceived and actual bias in forensic science and how poor practices have disproportionately impacted certain groups, reflecting structural inequalities. They employ skills in critical analysis, engage in contemporary debates, and discuss innovative research on the use of forensic science to achieve just outcomes. The presentation draws on feedback from students and the teaching team. It considers how well the units meet their aims of equipping students to undertake nuanced analyses and how the units may be further enhanced in their next iterations.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:forensic education, criminology curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Howes, L (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:150593
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-06-22
Last Modified:2022-06-22

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