General Education (Summer Courses)

The School of Medical Sciences offers the following general education courses to undergraduate students. The courses are usually held in the summer sessions.

Serial killers, psychopaths, violent, and sexual offenders receive significant attention in the media, creating a particular fascination for people; they also consume significant resources in terms of their policing, prosecution, treatment, and punishment. 

This course is aimed at those with a general interest in the forensic area who may wish to pursue a professional career or research in this fascinating field. This course will be taught in an intensive mode by some of Australia’s leading forensic psychiatrists, clinicians, and researchers from the forensic mental health services, police, corrective services, law, and forensic medicine. This foundation course will provide participants with unique insights into the psychopathology of this high profile offender group. Taking a lifecycle approach, it examines the antecedents of offending, genetic influences, and the detection, prosecution, treatment, and punishment of this group. Real case examples will be used to illustrate offender groups such as Fred West, Jeffrey Dahmer, Peter Sutcliffe, Ted Bundy, Dr Harold Shipman, Ivan Milat, and Michael Bryant. 

This course focuses on topics in primatology, palaeoanthropology and physical anthropology that are particularly relevant to the evolution of human structure. It will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes, which will be held in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory. Lecture topics range from “The Origin and Early Evolution of Primates” to “Modern Homo sapiens in the Old World” to “Language, Speech and the Human Face”.

Biology, anatomy and evolution of primates, early hominins through to modern humans will be covered. Students will also participate in a practical anthropology activity that may include facial reconstruction of human ancestors and making models of ancient tools.