Learn forensic science online, from crime scene investigation to reporting evidential value within a case.
Explore what it means to live as a humanist
Today an increasing number of people around the world describe themselves as humanists. They believe that this is the only life we have, that the world is a natural place with no supernatural side, and that we have the freedom to shape our own lives.
On this course, you’ll meet individual humanists from around the world. From their stories, you’ll learn what motivates them, and how they express their humanism. You’ll learn about the questions, choices, challenges, and joys found in a humanist approach to life and have the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate it.
What topics will you cover?
- Humanist ceremonies and the humanist approach to life.
- Humanist campaigning: freedom, human rights, and secularism.
- Humanists around the world: challenges and goals.
- The humanist approach to difficult transitions and suffering.
- Sources of depth, wonder, and meaning in a humanist life.
- Humanists and human progress.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Describe the fundamental principles applied to any investigation where forensic science is involved.
- Summarise the basic principles of crime scene investigation.
- Explain the theory of fingerprints, blood pattern analysis, DNA, footwear and tool mark impression evidence, and drugs of abuse in the context of Forensic Science.
- Explore the nature and limitations of the evidence that scientific tests deliver.
- Interpret the evidence presented as part of a case study by considering the subjective and objective nature of the evidence and what this may mean to the strength of your conclusions.
- Reflect on the use of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
Who is the course for?
No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required, just a desire to learn forensic science. Warning: Some of the content presented in this course may be distressing to individuals, particularly younger learners. Notwithstanding, the material is representative of that encountered by forensic scientists and we have presented it in an objective and professional manner.
Who will you learn with?
Forensic science practitioner with over 10 years of experience.
Expertise in DNA analysis, forensic biology, gunshot residue analysis and major crime examination.
Teaching Associate, University of Strathclyde
Who developed the course?
University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.
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