CJ 234 : The World of Violent Criminals

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The World of Violent Criminals



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The World of Violent Criminals takes a scholarly, comprehensive and empirical examination of serial murder in the United States. This course is intended for students interested in understanding multiple homicide, the nature of serial killing, the offenders and their victims. Students will be exposed to concepts and information that will help prepare them to understand society's most dangerous criminals.

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1. Explain the emergence of serial and mass killings in the US and the many issues involved in adequately defining the phenomenon.
2. Identify cultural, biological, psychological and sociological frameworks as explanations for serial murder as a means for understanding serial killing as a process.
3. Identify criminal behaviors including paraphilia, fantasy, sex offenders and predators.
4. Summarize the demographic, social and behavioral characteristics of male and female offenders, as well as medical murderers and team killers.
5. Examine victimology and the victim-offender relationships in cases of serial murder.
6. Compare and contrast serial murder around the world with serial murder in the US.
7. Examine how the criminal justice system responds to serial murder. This includes the role and utility of forensic science, current issues faced by law enforcement officials and the use of national database systems as a means for catching killers.

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