Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.
- Offender Profiling: An Overview and Its Evolution
- Law Enforcement: Criminal Investigative Analysis (CIA)
- Forensic Science: Behavioral Evidence Analysis (BEA)
- Academic Psychology: Investigative Psychology (IP)
- Clinical Psychology: Crime Action Profiling (CAP)
- Clinical Approaches: Diagnostic Evaluations (DE)
- Crime Reconstruction
- MO, Linkage Analysis, Signature
- Offender Characteristics and Content
- Geographic Profiling (GP)
- Accuracy and Ethics & Course Review
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
- Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Assignment 2 - Summarize article (20%)
- Assignment 3 - Constructing a Profile (40%)
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
Designed as an introduction to profiling, the subject exposes students to the key approaches and processes in the field, drawing on the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, criminology, geography, and forensic science. There is a strong focus on the higher order thinking skills of critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
Offender profiling is broadly defined to include the collection of practices in which evidence, usually from the crime scene, victims, and/or witnesses, is used to infer characteristics about the perpetrator. If accurate, this information is useful in informing investigative strategies by reducing the suspect pool, and interrogation strategies by providing some psychological insight into the suspect. Offender profiling is a multidisciplinary endeavour, with law enforcement, behavioural scientists, social scientists and forensic scientists all involved in its evolution.
*** WARNING*** This subject contains extremely graphic descriptions and photographic evidence of victims (both adults and children) of serial and ritualistic killers. The material will be disturbing. Students who are made uncomfortable by depictions of violence, sadism, torture and mutilation may have a difficult time in this subject and should consider taking a different elective.