Forensics: The Archaeology of Death & Crime Scenes

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forensics: The Archaeology of Death & Crime Scenes

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Forensic Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course explores practices involving the systematic location and recovery of human remains and other crime scene materials. Students will gain experience in search techniques, excavation and the recovery, and analysis and conservation of material evidence that are vital in criminal investigations.
    Course Introduction
    This course explores the place of archaeological techniques of search, recovery and analysis within a forensic (pertaining to the law) context. An introduction to human skeletal analysis, search and excavation, DNA and forensic testing, the criminal justice system, and the archaeology of human death are provided. Training in archaeological techniques, and an introduction to scientific forensic evidence are provided. Students will gain hands-on experience in the excavation, recovery and analysis of human skeletal material and associated evidence at a simulated crime scene on the UQ St Lucia campus.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Describe the role and history of forensic archaeology and anthropology within the forensic sciences
    • Identify and describe characteristics of basic human skeletal anatomy (including naming and siding skeletal elements, and skeletal pathology)
    • Describe the role and use of forensic evidence within the criminal justice system
    • Describe and demonstrate archaeological search, recovery and recording techniques, and explain their relevance to forensic practices
    • Identify appropriate forensic analytical techniques for a range of archaeologically-recovered materials (including natural and cultural objects)
    • Explain and demonstrate the role of forensic experts within the criminal justice systemDescribe and explain the natural processes occurring at and after human death, and cultural responses to death
    • Explain the ethical issues arising from forensic archaeological investigations
    • Plan and manage a small-scale project
    • Work effectively in team environments
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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