Since time immemorial, crime has been part of our social world; with technological growth, rapid changes were observed in the modus operandi of the crimes too. It is this growth that called upon the use of forensic science. This advanced certificate program in Forensic science and criminal investigation focuses on enhancing an expert's in-hand practice and capability to anticipate and perceive the basics on which the science of forensics depends. Each crime scene and, therefore, the crime committed is exclusive. One can readily establish a link between crime and the criminal by analysing the clues. The learner will have more apparent theoretical knowledge and expertise in the practical field. It will not only shed light on the unexplored and unseen areas of the investigation quest but also teach how to deal with the actual evidence.
Forensic Psychology combines the practice and concepts of law and psychology to serve the criminal justice system. Forensic Psychologists aid in various roles and responsibilities such as sentencing recommendations, reoffending risk evaluation and juvenile custodial and reoffending evaluations. Their primary role comes when the individual commits the crime and follows the reaffirmation and rehabilitation. Therefore, this program aims to provide integrated insights to learners on expert testimony, effective treatment of criminal offenders, psychological aid, and be an effective trial consultant helping with jury selection, witness preparation, legal strategies and other on-ground reality scenarios concerning forensic psychology.
Forensic Odontology is one of the most growing branches of forensic science, providing aid to the criminal investigation. Forensic Odontology encompasses the handling, proper examination, and evaluation of dental evidence to be presented in a court of law. It has been proven beneficial in crimes involving estimating age in juveniles and identifying unknown bodies in more significant crimes. Therefore, this program aims to provide the students to understand and acquaint themselves with the basics of the science of dentistry and its utility in cases about legal admissibility of dental evidence. It would allow learners to utilise concepts and practice forensic odontology on factual grounds effectively.
Forensic Medicine is a speciality in medical science that deals with rendering justice by applying medical knowledge and ethics. An expert in Forensic Medicine deals with a crime scene investigation, performing post-mortem and providing medical aid to the court of law. Forensic Toxicology aids the legal system in analysing biological samples to detect the presence of toxins such as drugs, poisons or other chemical compounds causing the death of an individual. This program offers the learners a more profound insight from the professionals working on real cases and provides them exposure to the ground reality. The program will shed light on basic to complex concepts in forensic medicine and toxicology along with understanding the legal and ethical issues of the field.
Graphology is an in-depth study conducted to ascertain a person’s psychological and emotional conditions by analyzing their physical characteristics and pattern produced in the handwriting. Graphology is a science of great help to improve one’s personal, social, and team-related skills. Therefore, this program aims to provide proper practice after detailed theoretical and practical sessions to prepare learners to handle any case involving handwriting. This pseudo-science would equip the learners with a full-fledged understanding to apply to legal, practical, social, and personal affairs.
Questioned Documents and Fingerprints have been a boon in the field of forensic science as well as in the legal field. Various challenging documents are being encountered regularly by the professionals that require expertise to opine and conclude for the same. Disputed documents talk about the documents in question and how the examination is done for the same. Similarly, fingerprints are majorly one of the most vital factors in crime deciphering because they may be the only means of ascertaining the people at a crime scene or involved in a crime. Thus, offering one of the most apposite and acceptable methods of establishing one’s identification. Therefore, this course will give the learner exposure to the challenges faced as an Expert in the examination of document and fingerprint samples and give their expert testimony in the courtroom.