Curricular Unit:Code:
Techniques of Criminal Inquiry780TICR
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
2UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Generic: Gain knowledge of the criminal investigation procedures and techniques and understand how they can be initiated and developed within the Portuguese legal system.
Specific:
a) Gain knowledge of the relevant terminology and be capable of using it in specific situations;
b) Understand the possibilities and limitations of the criminal investigation according with the Portuguese legal framework;
c) To select the relevant information in specific cases in order to identify the relevant actors and procedures in the context of the criminal investigation;
d) To know the criminal policy priorities and be able to relate this knowledge to how the criminal investigation is organized in Portugal;
e) Envision criminal investigation dependent on the shape and dimensions of crime
Syllabus:
1. Criminal investigation framework
1.1 Fundamental concepts
2. Criminal investigation within the Portuguese legal system
2.1 Criminal investigation possibilities and limitations
3. Criminal investigation strategies and methods
4. Criminal investigation step by step
5. Criminal investigation and specific types of crime
6. Technology and Criminal investigation
6.1 Science and police work
7 Undercover operations
8. Tactical events
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Students will be able to understand the procedures and techniques used in criminal investigations, and how they can initiated a developed within the domestic legal system. For this purpose, students will learn different criminal investigation techniques and the steps that an investigation encompasses. Next, students will learn the specificities of criminal investigations in serious and violent crimes and the innovative technology that supports investigations. Finally, students will study the rules for undercover investigations and gain some insight on tactical policy events. The subjects discussed throughout the semester will allow students to build a comprehensive framework of the procedures and techniques used in criminal investigations.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical-practical methodology that combine a structured and articulated presentation of the themes included in the syllabus with group discussions (programmed beforehand) among students, so that students can apply theoretical knowledge and concepts to practical situations.
- Two written tests
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The use of a theoretical-practical methodology as above detailed allows students to acquire knowledge (e.g., through the reading of the texts included in the bibliography and the attendance to classes), demonstrate their ability to critically reasoning (e.g., group discussions), demonstrate capacity to perform a critical analysis (e.g., written tests).
Reading:
ASFIC, 2008, “1 Cong. de Investigação Criminal – Modelos de Polícia e Investigação Criminal, a relação entre o ministério público e a polícia judiciária”, Ed. Asfic/Pj
ASFIC, 2008, “2 Cong. de Investigação Criminal”, Ed. Asfic/Pj
ASFIC, 2012, “III Cong. de Investigação Criminal–Novas perspetivas e desafios”, Ed. Asfic/Pj
BRAZ, José, 2015, “Ciência, Tecnologia e Investigação Criminal: Interdependências e Limites num Estado de Direito Democrático”, Almedina.
COSTA, Susana, 2003, “A justiça em Laboratório, a identificação por perfis genéticos de ADN: entre a harmonização transnacional e a apropriação local”, Almedina.
PINHEIRO, M. Fat. Torres, Org., 2008, “CSI Criminal”, Ed. UFP
RIC, n. 3, 2012, Ed. Asfic/Pj
ROLAND, Paul, 2008, “Cenas de Crime”, Ed. D. Quixote.
Constituição da República Portuguesa, Almedina, 2019
Código de Processo Penal, Almedina, 2019
Código Penal, Almedina, 2019
Lei 49/2008- LOIC
Lei 47/86-EMP
Dec. Lei 275-A/2000