The course aims to analyze the mind of criminals, particularly of those who commit heinous crimes, which include murder, sexual assault/rape, and arson. We begin with the evolution of crime and seek to “explain” what factors influence these criminals, such as environment, mental illnesses, and personality. We will examine real cases of past criminals to learn what shaped them. We will learn what discoveries researchers found, and how these discoveries are used to create profiles. And to top it all off, we will see how law enforcement has handled these cases as well as the efficacy of forensic psychology when used in law and order (i.e. how police and courts use forensic psychology).
Class will be held once a week, for 1.5 hours on Mondays from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Due to COVID-19 and remote learning, lectures will primarily be asynchronous (excluding the first and final lectures) with optional synchronous portions. All other lectures (excluding the first and final lectures) will be pre-recorded and any synchronous portions of the class will be optional to accommodate remote learning and students in different time zones. Thus attendance and in class participation will be measured through interacting with
a weekly discussion post on bCourses regarding that week’s lecture.
The class is graded on a Pass/No Pass scale. Students will need at least 70% to pass the course.
2 Papers 30% (15% each) (2 pages each, one correlational and one subjective essay)
1 Quiz 10% (8 multiple choice and 2 short answer questions)
Midterm Presentations 10% (Groups of 4 or 5)
Final Exam 30%
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