Curricular Unit:Code:
Information Sources in Crime: Criminology and Criminal Investigation817FICC
1MasterCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
1) To know and understand basic concepts, techniques and strategies related to information sources.
2) To know how to apply acquired knowledges and comprehension skills, in order to analyze, synthesize and integrate different information sources, as well as a research attitude.
3) To know how to plan protocols and programs related in criminal contexts.
4) To develop skills to select and interpret relevant information for for complex situations, basing their argument from a social, scientific and ethical point.
5) To develop skills to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions related to information sources.
6) To develop skills needed in the 21st century and improving access to lifelong learning opportunities focused on crime prevention and intervention in a self-oriented and autonomous way.
- Criminalistics and Criminal Investigation - Historical Perspective and Concepts;
- The Contribution of the Police to the Crime Scene: Models of Police and Types of Policing;
- Proximity Policing;
- The Crime Scene: Protocols of Criminal Investigation;
- The Laboratory of Forensic Science and its capabilities;
- The DNA Databases: Historical Evolution;
- The Uses of DNA in Criminal Investigation;
- Fingerprint Analysis.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus, consequent of the learning objectives of the course, equip graduates with fundamental knowledge about available for the study of crime sources, showing limits for sources produced directly for services and maximizing the use of resources and sources secondary.
Are still considered the various and different perspectives of evaluation and use of sources for the characterization of crime.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Expository and demonstrative, analytical and continuous.
Evaluation system:
(i) Work corresponding to 40% of the classification.
(20% writen assignment and 20% presentation)
(ii) Test corresponding to 50% of the classification.
(iii) In-class Participation corresponding to 10% of the classification.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The course incorporates a number of important data analysis, allowing its application in important matters related to violence and criminality theoretical and practical knowledge, considering the available statistics and secondary sources to the effect that, from various entities may be used. In addition to the theoretical and conceptual devices, curriculum unit, dedicated to the analysis, use of standardized methodologies and appropriate statistical treatment programs, especially Excel and SPSS.
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LYMAN, M. (2019) Criminal Investigation The Art and The Science. Pearson Publisher.
MAIA, Rui Leandro et all (coords.) (2016) Dicionário Crime, Justiça e Sociedade. Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
João Próspero (