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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2126: Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Ernesto Schwartz Marin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will critically engage with the sociology of forensic science in conflict and post-conflict scenarios in the Global South.  You will gain in-depth knowledge of the innovations in forensics that are emerging from spaces of protracted conflict, and the challenges to find justice in these scenarios. You will have access to a research-led teaching, looking at current projects developed in Mexico and Colombia, and will critically appraise historical experiences of conflict, disappearance and human rights violations in Srebrenica, Argentina, Congo and other contexts in the Global South.  

This module is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students and has no pre-requisites. However, it will require you to engage with sensitive materials that describe human rights atrocities, violent acts and the treatment of corpses. Throughout the course you will use the sociological and criminological literature to analyse the role that science has in shaping society, human rights and justice.

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