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).
Students are only allowed two absences, excused or unexcused. Absences include illness, midterms, or any other reason deemed appropriate by the facilitator. Additional absences will affect the student’s grade in that each absence will result in a letter grade decrease in the student’s attendance grade. You must attend the first two classes of the course. You will be dropped if you miss these classes without providing us with reasons in advance. Before each class, the student must have read the corresponding reading.
Pass/No Pass. Students will need at least 70% to pass the course.
The breakdown is the following:
2 Papers 20% (10% each) (2 pages each, one correlational and one biographical essay)
1 Quizzes 10% (8 multiple choice and 2 short answer questions)
Midterm Presentations 10% (Groups of 4 or 5)
1 Show/Movie Review 5%
Final Exam 30%
Attendance 15% (2 absences (excused or unexcused))
In-Class Participation 10%
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