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030330 KU Introduction to crime scene investigation (2022S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

  • Tuesday 08.03. 16:00 - 17:00 Digital (Kickoff Class)
  • Tuesday 29.03. 14:30 - 18:30 Digital
  • Tuesday 05.04. 14:30 - 18:30 Digital
  • Tuesday 10.05. 14:30 - 18:30 Digital
  • Tuesday 17.05. 14:30 - 18:30 Digital
  • Tuesday 24.05. 14:30 - 18:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will present the basis of forensic science and crime scene investigation and will be held in English. An introduction on the methods and techniques used to search, collect, process and interpret physical traces found on crime scenes will also be given. Focus could for example be put on DNA, fingermarks, shoemarks or microtraces.
The aim of this course is to introduce the basic principles of forensic science and its significance for the justice, in particular concerning crime scene investigation and evidence securing. At the end of the semester, the students should understand the potential, but also the limitation of forensic analyses. Furthermore, the students should develop their communication, argumentation and analytical skills by answering different questions in small groups, in writing or orally.

Assessment and permitted materials

Compulsory attendance and active participation (50% of the mark)
Answers to questions (in writing or orally) (50% of the mark)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The students should have gained basic knowledge about forensic science. They should also have understood the basic principles of crime scene investigation, processing and interpretation of traces.

Examination topics

- Introduction about the basic principles of forensic science, crime scene investigation and evidence securing.
- Aspects of the collection, processing and interpretation of chosen physical traces.

Reading list

[1] M. Morelato, M. Barash, L. Blanes, S. Chadwick, J. Dilag, U. Kuzhiumparambil, K.D. Nizio, X. Spindler, S. Moret, Forensic Science: Current State and Perspective by a Group of Early Career Researchers, (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-016-9500-0.

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