Course Title: Language and the Law Forensic Linguistics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Language and the Law Forensic Linguistics

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1317

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

840H School of Communication and Design

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2019

Course Coordinator: Jacob Heinrich

Course Coordinator Phone: ​(84-28) 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email: jake.heinrich@rmit.edu.vn

Course Coordinator Location: 1.5.33

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces students to the relationship between language and the law, the linguistic aspects of the criminal justice system, and the application of text analysis to both spoken and written discourses in forensic settings. Students will learn the role language plays in the legal and forensic contexts, and apply cross cultural communicative skills in analysing legal texts in multilingual settings.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes

  • Communicate across cultures and languages using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, oral and aural forms to address issues of linguistic diversity in the workplace and life
  • Critically reflect on the role of culture and language in communication and society and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions.
  • Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective bilingual communication strategies demonstrating ethical and reflective practice.
  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study of language.
  • Evaluate and apply technology to increase efficiency and precision in language focused working contexts.
  • Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the basic concepts and theories of the field of Forensic Linguistics.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of suitable questions of credibility of expert evidence in legal contexts and evaluate the credibility of evidence.
  3. Evaluate the appropriateness of tools for identifying authorship and voice recognition.
  4. Identify and explain conclusions and recommendations based on theoretical knowledge of forensic linguistics.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take the form of:

  • tutorials
  • assignments
  • peer presentation and discussions
  • online community involvement


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.

The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: 3 short (200-300 word) worksheet activities or discussion board posts
Weighting (%):15 (5% each)
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO1, CLO2

Assessment 2: Tutorial presentation and 1000 word summary report
Weighting of final grade (%):35
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO3

Assessment 3: Case Study Evaluation -1500 words
Weighting of final grade (%):50
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4