Forensics in Humanitarian Acton: Simulation exercise

  • Course description

    The course is designed for the students of the Masters programme in Humanitarian Action. It consists of five intensive modules covering 30 teaching hours and provides students with the theoretical framework and practical, hands-on knowledge of the forensic and investigative sciences that can be applied in a diverse range of scenarios regularly experienced in the field work of humanitarian agencies, aid institutions and NGOs.
  • Main themes

    Introduction to forensic science
    Practical exercises - mock crime scene
    Forensic psychology - interrogation and interview
    Practical exercises - simulated border-checkpoint
  • Learning outcomes

    Course will provide students with the thorough theoretical knowledge and practical skills in forensic and investigative sciences, enabling them to utilize such experience in their future careers in humanitarian action.
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    The three modules (Week 1,2,4) offer the students an exhaustive knowledge on several forensic disciplines used for the purpose of human identification. The theoretical and exercise modules (Week 3 and Week 5) will focus mostly on their potential application in two areas of humanitarian action work: human identification for the purpose of forensic science applications for the cases of genocide crimes, terrorism and natural disasters and migration-related issues. Students will be confronted with different types of scenarios and they will work under the guidance and supervision of the course instructors and experts.
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    Practical exercises - 80%
    Presentation about forensic findings - 20%


Last updated: 15 November 2016

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