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 Crime101x: Psychology of Criminal Justice
When we think about psychology and the criminal justice system, our minds are automatically drawn to those characters in crime dramas that have provided magical, if not somewhat mystical, insights into the offender. From Robbie Coltrane’s ‘Cracker’ in the 1990s through to Dr. Cal Lightman in the more recent Fox Network’s ‘Lie to Me’, the promise of psychology in determining whodunit seems infinite.

But what of the reality? What can psychology actually contribute to the criminal justice system? This October, in UQx’s Crime101x: Psychology of Criminal Justice, we will systematically explore the breadth – and the limits – of what psychology can actually do in this area.

To facilitate this process we have created a new crime drama just for this MOOC. We have cast stars of stage and screen from Australia, to take the audience from the point where a crime has been committed through to the end of the trial.

Across eight weeks will we explore what the science of psychology can contribute to criminal justice. Using the drama as our starting point each week the course will include topics such as offender profiling, eyewitness memory and recall, interviewing and interrogation, jury selection, pretrial publicity and jury decision making.

Week by week you will use the science of psychology to analyze what our characters have done. Is the investigation and case proceeding as it should? Our course is accessible to all; no specialist knowledge in law or psychology is needed. We transcend the differences in the multitude of legal systems that exist across the world to encourage our students to think critically about their input into the criminal justice system.

We look forward to welcoming you to Crime101x: Psychology of Criminal Justice. The course starts October 21, 2014 — sign up today and join our global community of learners as we consider what psychology can contribute to law and justice systems.

By Crime101x Course Team, UQ School of Psychology