The Dawn of Forensic Science is a historic approach to the development of the discipline. In this unique course, students will trace the roots of 21st-century forensic science through literature and investigate its influence on techniques today.
From Jack the Ripper in 19th-century London to the CSI Syndrome in our courtrooms today, students will explore how literature spurred scientists to use deductive reasoning and a scientific approach to crime solving.
The course will culminate in a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England. Participants will walk the historic streets where the science began and tour the stomping grounds of famous detective writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. They will tour historic sites such as Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Cemetery, White Chapel, Old Scotland Yard, and Westminster Abbey, and they will attend a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Academic Credit: Ms. Rosalyn Croce will teach the academic course Wednesday afternoons from 2:20-3:15 p.m. during the second semester (2023) as well as on the road in Europe.
The course will consist of both literature and science components in which students will explore past and present forensic lab techniques.
Students will read primary sources and detective novels, participate in lab, and watch films to gain a better understanding of art’s imitation of life. Fulfilling the academic requirements of this course will result in a one-semester English credit (for the senior year).
Travel dates: May 31 - June 9, 2023
A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure a place for up to 24 students. This trip is open to current sophomores and juniors, with preference being given to students in the Class of 2024 (current juniors).
The final balance (minus deposit amount) will be due to Ms. Elizabeth Crosby by Monday, February 13.
Not included in the cost: Personal travel insurance (optional), lunches, dinners, and the cost of cricket gear in Bath.
Signup: Students may sign up for the trip beginning at noon Monday, September 19, and submit a $500 deposit check (made out to MUS) to reserve a spot. Please give the check to Ms. Crosby (not to Ms. Croce or anyone else).
Notes: Students MUST be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination on the trip.
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