Forensic Science in England

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

Faculty Leader: Kimberlee Moran, Department of Chemistry

Travel Dates: May 22, 2020 - June 6, 2020

Class Meeting Times: Friday 12:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Course Number: 50:412:490

Program Cost: Approximately $2,500*

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Since the late 19th century, the United Kingdom has been pivotal in both the development of forensic techniques and the setting of forensic science standards. This course aims to introduce the history and evolution of forensic science, significant cases, and the framework of international standards within forensic science. The on-campus portion of this course will introduce students to key historical figures and milestones within forensic science. We will examine the similarities and differences between the British and American legal systems as they pertain to forensic science and how these systems regulate and maintain standards within the profession. Finally we will look at popular media and its influence on the practice and perception of forensic science. Assessment will be through a combination of classroom presentations and discussion of case studies as well as participation in several excursions before and during the Learning Abroad trip. We will experience the British system first-hand, May 24 – June 8 starting in London and visiting Leeds, Bradford, and Manchester. Through site visits and guest speakers, students will gain insight into the forensic profession as it exists in the UK, UK laboratory practice, forensic standards and regulation in the UK and Europe, and the presentation of forensic evidence in British courts. The UK also provides the unique opportunity to visit sites key to the history of forensic science. Some of the trip highlights include visits to New Scotland Yard, a Jack the Ripper tour, a visit to English courts in session, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, plus talks by CSIs, lab scientists, barristers, and forensic researchers. Each of these places and speakers will be introduced during the classroom component of the course with an emphasis on its relevance to the key aim and objectives. This course is intended for Biology and Chemistry students and is also applicable for Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and History majors.

Program Cost Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • International health insurance
  • Some meals and excursions

Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Passport, visa, or airport entrance or exit fees (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations
  • Remaining meals

*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.