Free Online Course on Psychology of Criminal Justice

The University of Queensland is offering free online course on Psychology of Criminal Justice. This course systematically explores the effectiveness of the law and justice system from a psychological perspective.

In this eight-week course, applicants will learn how behavioural science can improve our criminal justice system. This course will start on July 24, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 1-2 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on July 24, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer, and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings.

About This Course

This course systematically explores the effectiveness of the law and justice system from a psychological perspective. By experiencing a fictional case first hand, you will learn about the psychology of law and some of the misconceptions commonly held about criminal justice.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify some of the myths about how the criminal justice system works from a psychological perspective.
  • The empirical evidence that can inform our understanding of criminal justice
  • How to improve how justice is administered.

Instructors

Blake McKimmie

Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law.

Mark Horswill

Mark is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He has over 100 research publications examining how we can apply scientific psychology to address real world problems, such as road accidents, medical errors, and the unreliability of eyewitness testimony.

Barbara Masser

Barbara is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. She has over 40 papers and reports examining applied social psychological problems.

Requirements

None

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