Sunday, January 5, 2014


University of Strathclyde - Introduction to Forensic Science - Professor Jim Fraser -Forensic science is one of the fastest growing areas of law and law enforcement, and this course will help you get familiar with the topic, whether you're interested in a career in forensics or you're just a fan of procedural police shows and dramas. The course covers four major areas of forensics, including DNA analysis, drugs and their abuse, firearms, and impression evidence. The course walks through all four with discussions on their relevance to criminal cases, crime scene investigations, reporting in criminal cases and trials, how evidence plays a role in the way justice systems handle criminal cases, and more. The course itself is set against the background of a murder mystery that the students themselves are invited to solve using evidence collected and presented by the course. University of Oklahoma - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Professor Justin Wert, PhD - This course will examine the Supreme Court's decisions and cases involving the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, including topics of privacy, freedom of speech and expression, guarantees against unreasonable search and seizures, cruel and unusual punishment, and more. You'll also study the history of the application of those laws and rights, related cases that have addressed the marginalization of historically oppressed groups in the United States like minorities, immigrants, and women, and the course will pay special attention to court decisions where civil rights and liberties were either expressly expanded or specifically contracted, and the reasons behind those trends. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy - Professor Donald Hornstein - Environmental policy is not small topic, and environmental law and science are no longer topics relegated to activist groups (although they definitely play a role). Resource management, environmental preservation, large corporate interests, and nations eager to both protect their natural lands and their resources all play a role, and this course will help you understand the complexities of environmental law, from the large international scale to the local. You'll study common law approaches to environmental problems to the concept of property "ownership," along with more advanced topics like toxic waste and environmental damage, environmental responsibility, water and air pollution, fracking and its dangers and effects, and the cost-effectiveness of environmental regulation. University of Leicester - Forensic Science and Criminal Justice - Professor Lisa Smith - If you're interested in a career in forensics, or criminology and criminal justice interest you, this course (coming in March, but sign up now!) will definitely be of interest to you. The class studies the various elements of forensic evidence and the role that technology and laboratory science has come to play in solving crimes, narrowing down suspects, and prosecuting criminals, but also how those technological advances can be ignored, misused, and used to free innocent people, vindicate convicts, and prove innocence. The course also examines how forensic science is used in the classroom, and perhaps most interestingly, the so-called "CSI effect," and how real forensic science differs from its portrayal in the media. Griffith University - Understanding the Origins of Crime - Professor Aaron Sell - Crime is a part of human society, we understand that. While there's a lot of work to be done to reduce crime as a chronic factor, eliminating it is a whole other issue. This course serves to describe how crime fits into human society, factors into topics like natural selection, and to understand some of the motivations and reasons behind crime, not just from a social perspective but removed a bit from a Darwinian, criminological perspective as well. The course also talks about topics like infanticide and child neglect, along with other kin murder and why it's so incredibly rare (and yet world-shaking when it happens), the characteristics of a "normal" homicide, how jealousy and other irrational emotion plays a role in criminal activity, and of course, war and warriorship from human society to the animal kingdom.

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