Free course on Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology

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Learn how psychology may assist in solving a murder case while experiencing what it’s like to be a detective in a murder investigation.

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About the course

In police investigations, psychology plays a significant influence. It can aid in the development of rapport, the planning of interviews, the detection of deceit, and the understanding of cognitive bias.

This four-week course will look at how suspects are handled during a police investigation and how psychology might aid police investigations.

This immersive and entertaining short course will present applied psychology in a unique setting.

Assume the role of a detective as you investigate a homicide.

As one of two fictitious detectives working alongside a senior investigating officer, you’ll become a detective investigating a murder.

A team of academic and policing practitioner professionals carefully crafted this complex criminal case to be realistic.

Recognize the psychological talents of rapport-building and cognitive bias detection.

You’ll learn about psychological skills that can assist cops in their investigations. You’ll learn how to recognize a liar, build rapport, understand cognitive bias, and prepare for an interview.

This will also entail looking into false admissions and establishing and evaluating an interview strategy.

The Open University is a great place to learn from experts.

The experts at The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning and the Forensic Cognition Research Group collaborated to produce this interactive course.

You’ll be taught by experts who are part of a well-established network of policing professionals.


  • Week 1: Getting to Know the Case
  • Week 2: Suspect interviews and rapport-building
  • Confessions from Week 3
  • Week four: The case’s conclusion

In this course, you will be learning

This self-guided course allows you to learn at your own speed. You can meet other students, share your views, and participate in active conversations in the comments at any time during the course.

What will you accomplish?

You’ll be able to… by the end of the course.

  • Combine and use psychological understanding about deception detection.
  • Create and evaluate an interview strategy.
  • When conducting suspect interviews, use a psychological model of rapport.
  • Examine any fraudulent confessions that have been made.
  • In investigations, look for possible instances of cognitive bias.
  • Use psychological studies to create a fictitious case study.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is for anyone interested in a career in policing, psychology, or the law. It might also be useful for individuals who want to write crime fiction.

Free course on Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology

Originally posted 2021-11-23 03:49:45.


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