Psychology Free Online Course by Open University

Open University is offering free online course on Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation. This course is intended for those with an interest in psychology and/or criminal investigation, and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.

In this eight week course, applicants will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice. The course will start on March 19, 2018.

Course At Glance

Length:  8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Forensic Psychology
Institution: Open University (OU) and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on March 19, 2018

Providers’ Details

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 220,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.

About This Course

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

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

  • Investigate and understand the psychology of eyewitness testimony
  • Develop your own investigative skills
  • Explore human cognition and discover the mistakes your own brain can make
  • Discuss concepts of criminal investigation
  • Explore and consider the relationship between limitations of the human brain and miscarriages of justice

Requirements

This course is intended for those with an interest in psychology and/or criminal investigation, and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.

Instructors

Graham Pike

Graham is a psychologist & Professor of Forensic Cognition at the OU, with an interest in applied cognition, particularly how psychological knowledge can be used to obtain evidence from eyewitnesses

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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