DENT5657 The Law
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- This unit is taken as part of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology and in conjunction with DENT5658 Law Enforcement. It provides an overview of the law; state, national and international dental jurisprudence; structure of law enforcement agencies; protocols for continuity of evidence; history of the coronial system and the role of the Coroner; function of the expert witness; report writing and preparation; and the significance of confidentiality.
- Students are able to (1) understand the law as it applies to forensic odontology; (2) understand the structure and operation of courts within Australia and internationally; (3) demonstrate knowledge of the history of the coronial system; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the role of the coroner; and (5) demonstrate knowledge of the role of the expert witness.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment work; (2) one written examination (1.5 hours); and (3) a viva voce examination (45 minutes). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Stephen Knott
- Unit rules
- Bachelor of Dental Science from this University
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and at least two years' experience in the practice of general dentistry
- enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology (91350);
DENT5658 Law Enforcement
Approved quota: 2
- Contact hours
- lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work: 60–70 hours according to mortuary casework and court attendance
Carvan, J. Understanding the Australian Legal System, 5th edn: Lawbook Company 2005
Colvin, E. et al. Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 2nd edn: Butterworths 1998
Cook, C. et al. Laying Down the Law, 6th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2005
Derham, D. P. et al. An Introduction to Law, 5th edn: Law Book Company 1986
Freckelton, I. and Selby, H. The Law of Expert Evidence: LBC Information Services 1999
Meek, M. K. The Australian Legal System, 3rd edn: LBC Information Services 1999
Rutherford, L. and Bone, S. Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary, 8th edn: Sweet and Maxwell 1993
Winfield, R., ed. The Expert Medical Witness: Federation Press 1989
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.