The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling. This course will examine factors that influence serious violent criminals and their behavior. Throughout this course students will learn the history and methods of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling, how to analyze crime scenes for offender behaviors and characteristics utilizing critical thinking, science ad logical reasoning. Students will examine various case studies each week focusing on MO/Signature, crime scene behaviors, and crime linkage. This 12-week course will focus on offender typologies, patterns and motives of criminals, offender profiles and the psychological make-up of serial violent offenders.
The student will gain an understanding of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
Students will learn the history and different methods of criminal profiling.
Examine crime scenes focusing on behavioral clues that may provide the analyst insight into the type of offender is responsible.
Examine forensic victimology and how it relates to assisting in identifying offender characteristics.
Students will be able to examine numerous case studies focusing on MO/Signature, crime scene behaviors, and crime linkage.
Students will be able to identify behavioral crime scene characteristics that can lead to inferring offender characteristics.
Students with techniques, theories and knowledge to provide relevant investigative offender information to assist in solving serial cases, narrowing the suspect pool and assisting with court presentation.
This course will be graded as a pass/fail. This is not a self-paced course; we will advance as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed. We will use a variety of ways to allow for student participation and interaction. Each week students will have chapter readings, an assignment, discussion forum, quiz or case study.
Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a pass grade.
Textbook: Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, Third Edition, Wayne Petherick. (ISBN 978-1-45-573174-9)
Students will need to purchase their textbook prior to course start date.
Invitations to the course blackboard will be emailed out approximately one week prior to the start of the class.