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The Psychology of Criminal Justice

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8 weeks
199 USD
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Self-paced Online
8 weeks
199 USD
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Self-paced Online
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Course description

The Psychology of Criminal Justice

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.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

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Training content

Investigating the Crime Scene

A Murder Has Been Committed. In This Episode, Find Out About Criminal Profiling and How This Might Be Used in Investigating the Crime.

Interviewing the Witnesses

How Reliable Are Eyewitnesses, and How Can Their Memory of the Crime Be Distorted? Learn About the Encoding, Storage and Retrieval of Eyewitness Memories and Ways These Can Be Improved.

Identifying the Suspect

Photofits and Line-ups Are Commonly Used During Crime Investigations, and in This Episode You Will Learn About How Biases Related to These Can Be Recognized and Reduced.

Questioning the Suspect

How Reliable Are Confessions? Can You Identify When Someone is Lying? In This Episode the Investigators Question the Suspect and Try to Work Out Who is the Guilty Party.

Getting Ready for Trial

The Investigators Think They Have Identified the Murderer. Who Decides Whether Someone is Found Guilty or Not Guilty? Does Jury Selection Work? What Part Might Media Coverage Play in How the Case Trial Progresses?

The Trial (Part 1)

The Jury Has Been Selected and the Trial Commences. In This Episode the Evidence is Presented and We Hear About Expert Evidence and Its Reliability.

The Trial (Part 2)

The Jury Need to Make a Decision on the Case. You Will Learn About Judicial Instructions and How Juries Deliberate.


Did the Investigators Get the Right Person? Find Out How It All Ends in This Final Episode.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The University of Queensland, a partner institute of EdX.

1-2 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • 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

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