"One of the obvious features of the criminal justice process is that it is operationalized mostly through people: witnesses, detectives, suspects, lawyers, judges, and jurors. The wheels of the system are turned by the mental operations of these actors: memories, recognitions, assessments, inferences, social influence, and decisions, all tied in with moral judgments, emotions, and motivations. Criminal verdicts can be no better than the combined result of the mental operations of the people involved in the process. It thus seems sensible to examine the workings of the criminal justice process from a psychological perspective."
Simon, D. (2012). In doubt: the psychology of the criminal justice process. Harvard University Press.
This course on psychology and law helps students and graduates learn how psychology is applied in criminal investigations so that they can innovate and excel in their careers.
This course is designed to introduce you to the key concepts, debates, and theories that underpin legal and forensic psychology. You will focus on the history of psychology and the law, the relationship between legal psychology, forensic psychology and other forensic sciences, and the distinction between science and pseudoscience. You will also learn how the identification of miscarriages of justice has driven reforms to investigative processes.
The course features engaged teaching and learning, with real-world content, designed to prepare you to work with community-based organisations, or in private practice.
Module 1: Preludes and overtures
What is forensic psychology? ~ What is legal psychology? ~ What is psychology and law? ~ Professional societies ~ "That's why I use the title forensic investigator" ~ Key case: The Norfolk 4.
Module 2: A history of psychology and the law
Psychology vs. law ~ The pioneers ~ The first 120 years of psychology and the law ~ Hugo Münsterberg takes centre stage ~ The battle rages on ~ Psychology vs. law: The next generation ~ Sources of conflict ~ Key case: The Lindbergh baby.
Module 3: Forensic science (and pseudoscience)
Science vs. pseudoscience ~ The CSI Effect ~ Fingerprints: Science or pseudoscience? ~ DNA evidence ~ Offender profiling ~ Thinking forensics ~ Key case: Brandon Mayfield.
Module 4: The psychology of criminal investigations
The psychology of investigations ~ Forensic confirmation bias ~ The disease of certainty ~ Types of forensic confirmation bias ~ Examples of forensic confirmation bias ~ When experts are ignored ~ Solutions to forensic confirmation bias ~ Key case: Jeffrey Deskovic.
Module 5: When justice fails
Miscarriages of justice: An introduction ~ How common are miscarriages of justice ~ Causes of miscarriages of justice: Prosecutorial misconduct ~ Causes of miscarriages of justice: False confessions ~ A system in denial ~ Key case: Andrew Mallard.
Module 6: Conclusions
How much influence has psychology exerted on the courts? ~ The consequences of errors ~ Innocence day ~ Race and miscarriages of justice ~ Key case: The Central Park 5.
Thorough and inclusive
Real life examples
Forensii? Is that a typo?
No, it's not a typo. Forensii combines all our favourite words - forensic, that's the "forens" part, and investigative interviewing, that's the "ii" part. Simple really. If you spot any other odd-looking words on our websites, those probably are typos. Sorry.
Can I get a refund if I’m not happy with a course?
We have a 100% Money Back Guarantee. We believe in the high quality of our courses so much that if you are not 100% satisfied then you can cancel that purchase within 30 days of the purchase date to qualify for a refund of the full purchase price. Our one condition is that you should not have completed more than 33% of the course, or two modules (because if you really didn’t like the course you wouldn’t have completed more than that.
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How long will it take to complete the course?
It should take between 12 and 18 hours to complete the course, depending on how long you engage with some of the set ‘activities’. Each individual module takes between 2-3 hours.