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The module is an overall introduction to forensic disciplines (aimed toward students of Anthropology and Criminology), divided into two broad strands (each containing six lectures), as follows:
- Introduction to Forensics (Strand 1): This strand will cover forensic death investigation in Ireland in the context of criminal investigations, the environment of the crime scene will be explored and the main participants at a scene will be discussed. These first lectures will look at the context of the crime scene and the use of forensic specialisms in the investigation of suspicious deaths; specifically forensic archaeology, forensic ecology and the role of the expert witness in these types of investigations.
- Forensics Anthropology (Strand 2): a more in-depth look at a single sub-discipline in Forensics, namely the practical application of skeletal excavation and analysis in both archaeological and forensic contexts. It will detail the development of this specialism and will focus in particular on the methods used in analyses, and the information which may be ascertained. The strand will conclude with a description of the investigation of mass graves in both Ireland and internationally.