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CRM 4810 Serial Killers


Course Description

This course explores research and case of serial killers, which includes profiling, behavioral, types, and methods.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to

  • Differentiate between mass, spree, and serial murder
  • Examine the typologies of murder and serial murder
  • Explore the issues of sexual homicide
  • Examine the history of the phenomenon of serial killing
  • Explain the history of serial killers, including the occult and cults
  • Describe human nature and the fascination for serial killers
  • Define profiling and the reality of use
  • Examine forensic science advances in assisting profiling strategies
  • Explore the various types of profiling
  • Examine profiling assistance available from the FBI
  • Explain biological theories of serial murder
  • Examine environmental issues and discuss if biology and environment can be examined in respective isolation
  • Explore the various issues related to insanity and understand that it is a legal definition
  • Explore psychological issues associated with serial murder
  • Examine the differences in sociopath and psychopath
  • Examine the sociological theories related to serial murder
  • Explain stalking and how it relates to serial murder
  • Recognize the McDonald Triad and what it infers
  • Discuss the importance of fantasy in serial killing
  • Explore the statistics and demographics of U.S. serial killers
  • Explore the statistics, demographics, and findings from non-U.S. studies on serial murder
  • Explore similarities and differences in global study findings on serial killing
  • Examine the various subcategories of serial murder profiles among male, female, and team serial killers
  • Describe case studies and examples of male, female, and team serial killers for commonalities and differences
  • Discuss geographical mobility as it relates to female serial killers
  • Discuss the fact vs. myth of team serial killers and the reality of the prevalence of the phenomenon compared to the perception
  • Examine profiles gone bad and the care necessary in utilizing profiling techniques
  • Explore areas requiring additional research in serial murder

Week 1


Lecture: Phenomenon and Social Reaction

Outcomes

  • Differentiate between mass, spree, and serial murder
  • Examine the typologies of murder and serial murder
  • Explore the issues of sexual homicide
  • Examine the history of the phenomenon of serial killing
  • Explain the history of serial killers, including the occult and cults
  • Describe human nature and the fascination for serial killers

Week 2


Lecture: Profiling

Outcomes

  • Define profiling and the reality of use
  • Examine forensic science advances in assisting profiling strategies
  • Explore the various types of profiling
  • Examine profiling assistance available from the FBI

Week 3


Lecture: Biological and Psychological Issues

Outcomes

  • Look at biological theories of serial murder
  • Examine environmental issues and discuss if biology and environment can be examined in respective isolation
  • Explore the various issues related to insanity and understand that it is a legal definition
  • Explore psychological issues associated with serial murder
  • Examine the differences in sociopath and psychopath

Week 4


Lecture: Sociological Issues

Outcomes

  • Examine the sociological theories related to serial murder
  • Discuss stalking and how it relates to serial murder
  • Recognize the McDonald Triad and what it infers
  • Discuss the importance of fantasy in serial killing

Week 5


Lecture: Global Perspectives

Outcomes

  • Explore the statistics and demographics of U.S. serial killers
  • Explore the statistics, demographics, and findings from non-U.S. studies on serial murder
  • Explore similarities and differences in global study findings on serial killing

Week 6


Lecture: Male Serial Killers

Outcomes

  • Examine the various subcategories of serial murder profiles among male serial killers
  • Review case studies and exemplars of male serial killers for commonalities and differences

Week 7


Lecture: Female and Team Serial Killers

Outcomes

  • Examine the various subcategories of serial murder profiles among female serial killers
  • Review case studies and exemplars of female serial killers for commonalities and differences
  • Discuss geographical mobility as it relates to female serial killers
  • Examine the various subcategories of serial murder profiles among team serial killers
  • Review case studies and exemplars of team serial killers for commonalities and differences
  • Discuss the fact vs. myth of team serial killers and the reality of the prevalence of the phenomenon compared to the perception

Week 8


Lecture: In Conclusion: The Rest of the Story

Outcomes

  • Examine profiles gone bad and the care necessary in utilizing profiling techniques
  • Explore areas requiring additional research in serial murder

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. April 2012