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Challenging Forensic Science

The aim of this course is to promote critical thinking with regard to forensic science. Today, in general, most people are dazzled by the technical possibilities offered by forensic science. They somewhat live in the illusion that forensic evidence is fool proof and brings factual findings with 100% certainty. This course – given by specialists in the field – goes beyond the conventional image that is promoted through TV series such as CSI. It alerts (without alarming) the public on the limits of the techniques in order to promote a sound administration of forensic science in the criminal justice system.  It allows participants to understand the importance of probabilistic reasoning in forensic science, because uncertainty is a constitutive part of forensic science. The course is constructed as a series of causes célèbres that could or have led to miscarriages of justice. Some of these cases have been part of case reviews carried out at the School of Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne. ****************** Special thanks to our translators, in particular the University of Lausanne and the School of Criminal Justice sincerely thank Massimiliano Stabile (forensic biologist), Francesco Zampa (forensic chemist) and Giampietro Lago (forensic biologist) for the Italian translation of the course.

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Rating 4.9 based on 20 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 7 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Lausanne via Coursera
Instructors Alex Biedermann, Franco Taroni, Christophe Champod, Tacha Hicks
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
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de mieux comprendre l'interprétation

Cours vraiment intéressant, qui a un intérêt autant pour les scientifiques que les magistrats, et permet de mieux comprendre l'interprétation des données scientifiques en forensique.

followed or communicated correctly

It also drills home the risks involved, and uses several real life case studies to demonstrate what happens when science isn't followed or communicated correctly – that is, the associated dangers of misrepresentation and misinterpretation of results by both practitioner and judiciary.

non english speaking participants

Excellent Course, The transcripts should also be translated to other languages for the sake of non english speaking participants.

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It is a course to pay close attention because of the type of information taught.

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real life case studies

reporting two alternate hypothesis

It discusses in length the importance of reporting two alternate hypothesis in a balanced and transparent manner.

use an appropriated language

Very important course to clean and use an appropriated language in court.

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Take care, Jan DE KINDER This course is a great introduction into the hierarchy of propositions and our duty to the court as expert witnesses.

their collective wealth

Their collective wealth of knowledge is evident and I admire the large amount of behind-the-scenes work that would have been put into producing this course.

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Well done Christophe, Alex, Tacha and Franco.

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Rating 4.9 based on 20 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 7 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Lausanne via Coursera
Instructors Alex Biedermann, Franco Taroni, Christophe Champod, Tacha Hicks
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
Tags Social Sciences Law Education

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