Crim3503 -- wrongful conviction!   gradesheet   weblog   index
"The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight," Sherlock Holmes

Overview: Wrongful convictions undermine the 'legitimacy premise' that accused persons are innocent until proven guilty, and the convicted have been tried fairly. This course focuses on factors contributing to wrongful convictions, eg. eyewitness mis/identification, jailhouse informants, withheld evidence, false confessions, faulty forensic evidence, and misconduct by police and prosecutors. This course uses social science research to discover how wrongfuls happen, and how that can be remedied. A key issue is the stories that are told... and how to find what's hidden in plain sight. Blended classes ordinarily combine face-to-face lectures with online asynchronous material, although in the event of moving to a remote delivery design the classroom becomes virtual. Research involves both guided and independent work. see issues and cases  biblio 
Required text: Manufacturing Guilt, 2nd ed. Anderson, Fernwood, 2009  Image caption: Marshall, 1970

Evaluation:
See guidelines for details. 1) Classmark (25%), reflects 'engagement exercises, a series of 1-2 pages sspaced with refs posted on weblog.  (2) Proposal (20%), due week six, on a case or issue you're interested in, eg, Donald Marshall (pictured), Central Park Five, Hurricane Carter; false confessions, faulty forensics, prosecutorial misconduct, etc. This should be 2 single-spaced pages max, with refs; it should be specific on the analytical issues and method to be applied to the topic.  Here is a list of topics from last year: LeightonHay; eyewitnessID; Baltovich; memory; indigenous; jurybias; romeophilleon; wcmoms; stephenavery; JuanRivera; ronaldmoffat; forensicevidence; CP5; MrBig; falseconfessions; clayton; policecoercion; ronaldcotton; policecoercion; steventruscott; ryanferguson; confirmationbias; GuyPaulMorin; WCfactors; CP5; simonmarshall; KyleUnger; JamesDriskell; psychoffalse; toddcameron.  (3) Research Project (30%), take the proposal and develop it into a full end of term project (an interactive format, eg. powerpoint, usually around 15 slides; or 10 page essay, dspaced with references, academic and otherwise; or a video; a scrapbook...) (4) Exam (25%): short answer essay. 
 
Online/remote protocol
: with an asynchronous protocol, class material is  timeshifted into a more flexible dimension in time and space; using the required course text, guided reading and video exercises will be announced through webadvisor email on Monday, posted on the weblog, submitted through email by Friday, noted on the gradesheet, with feedback provided thru email --  readings are mandatory, exercises are a proxy for class attendance, all leading to a term-length guided independent research project.  Please see guidelines for more information on assignments, or email instructor.*This format is flexible, individually-focused, interactive, and indepth* Suggestion: work in dyads or groups.