Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology (SLSS2603)


This unit of study explores the relationship between crime, law, medicine and science in society by specifically examining the history of criminal detection practices, death investigation systems and the coroner's office, the role of medicine and science in criminal justice and socio-legal management of the dead. Students will be introduced to developing areas in medico-legal and forensic criminology, and will explore specific issues and case studies such as human tissue and organ controversies.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation (10%) and 500wd tutorial paper plus in-Class presentation (15%) and 1500wd Essay (35%) and 2500wd Take-home exercise (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Sociology or Socio-Legal Studies

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.