JUNIOR SEMINAR: C.S.I. 101: TRUTH FROM EVIDENCE
2017/2018, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: UTC1102H ( 4 ) / GEM1902H ( 4 )
Class1: Monday 12-1pm; Thursday 12-2pm
Class2: Monday 4-5pm; Thursday 4-6pm
Made popular by TV dramas such as Law and Order and C.S.I., forensics uses science to aid in law enforcement and crime solving. In this interdisciplinary module, students will be engaged in understanding and discussing the value of various analyses conducted to deduce truth from evidence. Online activities will be paired with active discussions on the history, use and value of forensic analysis. Finally, the credibility of forensic evidence will be discussed, and societal expectations regarding the “glamorous and exciting” job of the forensic criminologist in CSI compared with the “messy and morbid” nature of forensics in real life.
Key themes covered in seminar:
Seminars will be based around the history, use and value of the various analyses to deduce truth from forensic evidence.
Power of observation/eye-witness testimony
The seminar will analyze national and international cases. Importantly, students will be prompted to always questioning the accuracy of forensics and to distinguish between what happens in drama and real life.
At the end of the module, students should be able to
Perceive, in a general view, how scientific evidence can help to piece together a difficult-to-solve crime.
Understand and know the various analyses used in forensic labs
Appreciate differences between the drama and real life
Welcome differing viewpoints on the value of forensics
Recognize the impact of forensics on society and how the law views evidence
In general, this module should encourage students to
Enhance their power of observation
Learn how to articulate their thoughts to others in class
Analyze and summarize main points from readings and other forms of information
Ask as many questions as possible to get to the right answer
Enjoy learning and not being taught
Workload and expectations
My teaching philosophy is that you are here to learn and not be taught. This module encompasses the reading of texts intensively and extensively particularly after the first Monday session, thinking through questions raised, asking your own questions about the topic, building and presenting arguments and most importantly, reflecting on the importance and use of CSI evidence. The recommended texts should be a starting point to facilitate interaction and discussion, but are not the be all and end all readings. You can and should invest approximately 3-4h to prepare for class, including reading the recommended texts and even searching online for more material (but be careful about the sources as some may not be accurate). Being prepared when you come to class will make the class even more meaningful for you. Questions you must ask when you are reading any texts are: what do I think about the text? What are the important points to take home? What questions can I ask about what he/she is saying? What is he/she not saying?