Topic: Medico-leal and forensic criminology
this essay is a term paper that accepts NO LATE ESSAYS.it is due on the 9th hence ordering one day before. It is a sociology subject/criminology as well as legal issues. unlike other essays, I am expected to pick 3 topics from the semester course and write 650 words on each topic.
The sources/required readings of the topics are provided and you should base your understanding from this readings before commencing, then critic or form an argument. make your response straight to the point from the get go. e.g on the topic of doctors and the law you discuss coronial and legal response to only euthanasia as a form of doctor malpractice?
ths should be 3 separate mini essays focussing on these topics.
here goes the topics and their reading sources.
Week 6 Issues in Forensic Psychology 31 August
Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the forensic context, and as
such, is a branch of psychology that engages with the law in providing expert
evidence, consultation and advice in addition to the treatment and management of
forensic populations. This week we are interested in a key issue at the interface between
psychology and the criminal justice system: intellectual disability. We will examine some
of the key issues around intellectual disability and the criminal justice system, including
the issue of over-representation, the implications for offenders and victims, and
legislative and policy developments.
Vanny, K M. Levy and S. Hayes (2008) ‘People with an Intellectual Disability in the
Australian Criminal Justice System’, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 15(2) July:
Glaser, William and Deane, Kirsten, (1999) ‘Normalisation in an Abnormal World: A Study
of Prisoners with and Intellectual Disability’, International Journal of Offender
Therapy and Comparative Criminology 4393): 338-356.
Transcripts from the following radio programs:
‘Mental health courts and the challenge of therapeutic jurisprudence’, All in the Mind
ABC Radio National, 16 April 2011
‘Low IQ and in jail’, Background Briefing, ABC Radio National, 17 April 2011
Week 9 Doctors, Law and Crime 21 September
Doctors and hospital environments can sometimes be ‘dangerous’. Such situations can raise
the spectre of unlawful death and criminality, can highlight negligence and reveal adverse
events such as hospital errors which sometimes result in fatality. Week 7 brings us to an
examination of such situations and cases where medicine and law intersect around
negligence, fatal errors, and homicide. We will examine the history of hospital ‘scandals’, the
regulation of medical practitioners, cases of doctors who kill, and the steps taken to address
hospital errors, such as clinical review and legal reform.
Soothill, Keith and Wilson, David (2005) “Theorising the puzzle that is Harold Shipman”, The
Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 16(4) December: 685 – 698.
Kinnell, Herbert G., (2000) “Serial homicide by doctors: Shipman in perspective”, British
Medical Journal, 23-30, December: 1594 – 1597.
Quick, Oliver (2006) “Outing Medical Errors: Questions of Trust and Responsibility” Medical
Law Review Spring (14): 22-43.
Week 11 Child Injury and Fatality: Medicine, Science, Law and Government 12
This week we will examine the issue of child death in society and legislative and
government responses. We will consider systems of Child Death Review, specialist
medical knowledge and contemporary issues in paediatric pathology, in addition to the
challenges faced by medicine and law in the face of child death. Recent years have
witnessed situations of multiple child deaths in one family that have raised tensions
between the spectre of undetected homicide and unexplained deaths in infancy and
childhood. In light of this history and subsequent law and policy reform, we will review
the medicine, science, law and government of this circumstance, tying together some
issues throughout the course relating to medical knowledge and expert testimony, law,
science and the shadow of ‘crime’.
Betts, Sharmila and Goodman-Delahunty, Jane (2007) “The case of Kathleen Folbigg:
how did justice and medicine fare?”, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol
39(1) June: 11-24.
Cunliffe, Emma (2007) “(This is Not a) Story: Using Court Records to Explore Judicial
Narratives in R v Kathleen Folbigg”, Australian Feminist Law Journal 27: 71-95.
This is a bonus topic if you prefer it:
Week 8 Death Investigation Systems and the Coroner’s Office: Establishing Fatal
Facts, 14 September
This week we are interested in systems and practices of death investigation. We are
specifically concerned with the Australian coronial death investigation system, and will
consider global perspectives and debates on death investigation. The coronial
jurisdiction is distinct in our legal landscape, and has undergone significant recent
reform in many Australian states and territories. This also echoes international issues,
which we will explore. This week is the first of two weeks focusing on the role of the
coroner. We will outline the relevant legislation and key components of the Coroner’s
Office and its distinct socio-legal role, following our focus next week on specific issues
in coronial law and practice.
Scott Bray, Rebecca (2012) ‘Executive impunity and parallel justice? The United
Kingdom debate on secret inquests and inquiries’ Journal of Law and Medicine 19:
Freckelton, Ian and Ranson, David (2006) “The evolving institution of coroner” in I.
Freckelton and K. Peterson (eds) Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law, NSW,
The Federation Press, 2006: 296- 323.