“CASE STUDIES” IN FORESIC CLASSES
The method I used works as follows. High profile cases such as O.J Simpson', John F. Kennedy murder', Virginia Tech massacre' and others interest the students much more than the routine lectures on Forensic science. During first week of classes, I conduct a survey of who watches what kind of Forensic TV programs. These include such things as Murder Mysteries, Detective stories, Colombo series', Murder She Wrote', The Monk', CSI Miami', CSI New York' and others. This makes a lively discussion and I get a first hand impression of the likes and dislikes of the students. This sets the stage for the way the class is handled for the rest of the semester. We discuss several major cases. This is done by assigning students to different cases of their interest. They present seminar type of discussions and the other students are asked to come prepared to discuss the case and its pros and cons. Such a discussion makes the class come alive. The initial ice is broken by introducing a few lively and controversial issues and or questions by the instructor. After the class discussion of each case, a discussion of the methods' that were used in solving the case and how these methods work follows. The methods' are explained in class and thus the subject matter is covered.