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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2135: Forensic Cultures

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some of the following themes:

  1. The emergence of forensic science as profession and discipline
  2. The socio-political development of forensic methods: Lombroso and bertillonage
  3. The socio-political development of forensic methods: Fingerprinting and DNA profiling
  4. Expertise and forensic knowledge: forensic evidence in court
  5. Understanding forensics and forensic science: appraising media coverage and representations

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity 2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study 77Module research, reading (4 hours per week) and preparation for class (3 hour per week)
Guided Independent Study 51Research and writing for summative assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Web-based and electronic resources:


  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages