With the development of online education, there is now a myriad of resources you can use to introduce yourself in the world of forensics and broaden your horizon. Crime scene investigation and forensic analysis are competitive niches, and you should use any edge you can get – especially as the quality of the online courses is really high. We’ll try to update this page as much as possible, to keep you up to date with the forensics courses you can take online. These are the Massive Open Online Courses:
|Course||Introduction to Forensic Sciences|
|University||Nanyang Technological University|
|Start date||19th May, 2014|
The course aims to explain the scientific principles and techniques behind the work of forensic scientists and will be illustrated with numerous case studies from Singapore and around the world. Some topics to be included are:
|Course||Microbiology and Forensic Science|
|Lecturer||Dr. Sereen M.B Bataineh|
|Start date||2nd June, 2014|
Have you ever thought about infectious diseases and why we get infected? What is the causative agent? In this course you will be touring through four modules, starting by taking a close look at the bacterial cell structure and functions which will then lead you to the study of viruses. What will I learn?
|Course||Forensic Science and Criminal Justice|
|University||University of Leicester|
|Start date||31th Mar, 2014 (still going)|
This course begins by introducing students to the historical context of forensic science and how science is used by the police during criminal investigations. We will then explore some of the implications that these forensic techniques have on the criminal justice system, such as controversies surrounding biometric databases, the portrayal of forensic science in popular media (e.g. the CSI Effect), and how forensic science is used in the courtroom. Finally, we will consider what the future of forensic science looks like and where the discipline may be heading in the years to come.
|Course||Forensic psychology: witness investigation|
|University||The Open University|
|Start date||9th June, 2014|
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.
|Course||Chemicals and Health|
|University||Johns Hopkins University|
|Start date||15th Sep, 2014|
At the end of this course, students will better understand chemicals in the environment, exposure, toxicology, biomonitoring, and related public health and policy implications.
|Course||Crime101x: The Psychology of Criminal Justice|
|University||University of Queensland|
|Start date||21th Oct, 2014|
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.
|Course||Presumed Innocent? The Social Science of Wrongful Conviction|
|University||Penn State University|
|Start date||25th Jun, 2014|
In this course we will explore wrongful convictions answering several key questions: