Aurora University Class Schedules - - CRJ (Criminal Justice)

39229CRJ 3810 01ST: Serial & Mass MurderAurora - Main Campus4.0005/05/14 05/05/14 DUNH 001 BLN M 05:30PM 09:30PM
05/22/14 05/22/14 DUNH 001 BLN TH 05:30PM 09:30PM
Stephanie Whitus Note: This course is taught in a blended format with two on-campus meetings on May 5 and May 22 and the rest of the class taught on-line. Description: This course will be a broad-based overview of the phenomena of serial and mass homicide, and will involve learning about the various definitions and theories constructed to explain these types of killings. The course will focus specifically on distinguishing serial homicide from other forms of multiple homicide on ?serial killers? themselves, basic techniques if social-psychological profiling, the demographics of the crime of serial homicide and mass murder, methods of killing, general and serial homicide trends over time, the impact of multiple murder on society as a whole, and the difficulties in apprehension of serial killers and mass murderers from the perspective of law enforcement officials. This class examines serial and mass homicide from both the academic and popular perspectives. Topics covered are numerous, including but not limited to, the backgrounds and crimes of some of the core serial killers in American history: Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, Wayne Williams, John Wayne Gacy, Albert DeSalvo, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson and ?The Family?, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, David Berkowitz, Gary Ridgway, and the BTK killer Dennis Rader. We will conduct an in-depth study into the types of serial killers for the purposes of understanding the motives behind why these offenders kill individuals. The course will also include an overview of the victimology of serial homicide; male, female and team serial killers; as well as investigative techniques used to capture serial killers. Information will be presented to students to help them detect patterns in both solved and unsolved cases. Students will learn how professionals classify and predict the behavior patterns of serial murderers, and applications to rapists and child molesters. Continued emphasis will be placed upon examining the true reality and parameters of serial homicide, and dispelling the myths and type surrounding this type of crime and the people who have committed it. Upon completion of this course, students will have been given a superbly thorough and detailed treatment of the subject matter which will give them the tools for more profound understanding of the social phenomenon. In the end, I think students will leave the class with a decidedly different view of serial homicide and mass murder. Prerequisites: None.

* The indicated start and end times refer to the general time frame in which the course is offered (most often a standard term). The actual first or last class for a particular course may not occur on the date indicated.

May 28, 2014