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.
EPISODE 1: 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. EPISODE 2:
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.
EPISODE 3: 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.
EPISODE 4: 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.
EPISODE 5: 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?
EPISODE 6: 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.
EPISODE 7: THE TRIAL (PART 2)
The jury need to make a decision on the case. You will learn about judicial instructions and how juries deliberate.
EPISODE 8: EPILOGUE
Did the investigators get the right person? Find out how it all ends in this final episode.
Absolutely loved everything about this course. Great way to learn using different mediums (video story, video lectures with transcripts to assist with note-taking, short quizzes, group discussions). The material was kept to a manageable couple of hours per week (maybe a bit longer) and the 'exams' were well written and unambiguous (and I have done other courses where that is not the case). The 'drama' was very interesting/suspenseful. I learnt so much about the justice system - the main thing I discovered is that you should always get a good lawyer as so many things can go against a person after being arrested.
Sagar Ladhwani completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It was a really nice course and quite distinctive from other MOOCs in the way it was structured. Generally, the courses are made interesting by filling lectures with engaging content and exercises. This particular MOOC took it to next step by having an...
It was a really nice course and quite distinctive from other MOOCs in the way it was structured. Generally, the courses are made interesting by filling lectures with engaging content and exercises. This particular MOOC took it to next step by having an entire scripted criminal investigation (kind of a movie). So, every week as the investigation story unraveled, the theoretical concepts were taught in sync with them. For example: In the week when the witness of the story was identifying the suspect; the concept of how photofits and line-up work with our face recognition abilities and memories was explained with research.
Steps like interviewing witnesses, criminal profiling, suspect identification and further investigation was very well portrayed and the psychological hacks behind them were explained quite well. At the same time, court proceedings and the decision making by judge/jury was explored deeply on the lines of psychology and legal framework of the country.
It's easy and engaging! I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in the subject matter.
Margaret Tracy Fryer completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course. It was difficult enough to be challenging but not too daunting. I found all the identifying of evidence interesting but hard to remember without going back to revisit module.