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Redrawing the boundaries of criminology: increasing forensic literacy by including forensic Studies in the curriculum


Howes, LM and Julian, R and Oosthuizen, T and Reid, Carmen and Cashman, K and White, R, Redrawing the boundaries of criminology: increasing forensic literacy by including forensic Studies in the curriculum, Journal of Criminal Justice Education pp. 1-19. ISSN 1051-1253 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2022 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

DOI: doi:10.1080/10511253.2022.2096249


Forensic science is a topic of fascination and intrigue, yet popular understandings do not always accord with the realities. Trenchant critiques of forensic science - and how it is used in the criminal justice system - highlight a need for greater forensic literacy amongst criminal justice practitioners. Drawing on 15 years of unit outlines, 10 years of student evaluations and recent reflections by the teaching team, this article documents the development of a suite of forensic studies units at one Australian university. Discussed chronologically, the findings show how the content of units has been shaped over time by critical social sciences research, while their form and intended student body has been influenced by institutional change. Student evaluations consistently noted the benefits of forensic practitionersí contributions and increases in skills of critical analysis. These findings augment arguments for including forensic studies in the criminology curriculum to best equip practitioners.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:forensic studies, forensic science, higher education, criminology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Oosthuizen, T (Mrs Tersia Oosthuizen)
UTAS Author:Reid, Carmen (Miss Carmen Reid)
UTAS Author:Cashman, K (Dr Kate Cashman)
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:153824
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-10-08
Last Modified:2022-11-08

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