LING225-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Forensic Linguistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

How can we use linguistic evidence to solve crimes? What does linguistic analysis tell us about legal language? In this course, students learn how to use linguistics for forensic purposes. What can a piece of spoken or written language tell us about its authors? Can linguistic analysis expose inequalities in the legal system? What are the implications of using linguistic evidence for commercial or defense purposes?

How can we use linguistic evidence to solve crimes? What does linguistic analysis tell us about legal language? In this course, students learn how linguistics is used in forensic settings. We ask:

1. What can a piece of spoken or written language tell us about its authors?
2. How do we evaluate whether a speaker is telling the truth?
3. Can linguistic analysis expose inequalities and injustices in the legal system?
4. What are the social implications of using linguistic evidence outside the courtroom?

Learning Outcomes

  • Through their experiences with this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how we can apply linguistic analysis to forensic questions
  • Categorize the most common types of linguistic evidence and their uses
  • Synthesize common principles from the analysis of legal language
  • Evaluate the role of linguistic evidence outside of legal domains
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at any level from any subject.

Course Coordinator

Jonathan Dunn

Lecturers

Kevin Watson and Lynn Clark

Textbooks / Resources

Optional readings will be distributed on Learn.

Course links

To access the Learn page for the course, go to
Learn and log in with your usual UC username and password. You will see a menu of the courses you are enrolled in.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All LING225 Occurrences

  • LING225-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • LING225-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)