Learn how to identify the personality of a criminal.
Format: Online and/or Classroom
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits
What are the characteristics of a criminal? Can you make an accurate assessment of a person or situation simply through observation? In CR 427 Criminal Profiling, you’ll explore the application of criminological theory in criminal profiling and learn the steps of crime reconstruction, cyber patterns and the role of ethics in evaluating a crime or criminal.
Through video presentations, you will have the opportunity to witness the behavior of noted historical criminals and analyze the characteristics of their crimes. Throughout the course, a variety of assessment methods will be used to enable you to demonstrate what you’ve learned in the course. These assessment methods may include, but are not limited to, written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.
What You’ll Learn in CR 427
In this course, you’ll explore the science of criminal investigative analysis, which is the process of inferring distinctive personality characteristics of individuals responsible for committing criminal acts. Discussions will include wider societal contexts and implications.
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:
- Inductive and Deductive Criminal Profiling
- Evidence Dynamics
- Wound Pattern Analysis
- Victimology and Psychological Autopsy
- Crime Scene Characteristics
- Modus Operandi and Criminal Signatures
- Criminal Motivation
- Offender Characteristics
- Fire and Explosives
- Psychopathic Behaviors
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of CR 427, you will be able to:
- Identify types of crime scenes.
- Examine the use of inductive/deductive profiling approaches for identifying behavioral patterns of offenders and victims.
- Discuss investigative techniques utilized in criminal profiling.
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*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.