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Serial Killers: Panic or Intrigue?
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- 26 Jun 2023
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
critically analyse the various components of serial crime and serial criminals and public fascination within these aspects;
articulate and assess how serial offenders and serial crime have become a leisure activity;
apply and assess how serial crimes are investigated and prosecuted;
evaluate accuracy and misrepresentation in sources used to present case studies of serial offenders; and
model research, analysis, and communication skills that contribute to life-long application in a professional career.
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Throughout history there have often been 'moral panics' associated with serial killers, and a longstanding tradition of social fascination with these figures. In this subject you will critically examine the social construction of serial killers. Examining the source of fascination, this subject will use various case studies of serial offenders to analyse how police have investigated these crimes; how the offenders have subsequently been treated by the criminal justice system; and how offenders have been portrayed. You will assess the construction and representations of such figures, including media coverage and 'dark tourism' and analyse ways that offenders have been understood and regarded, and how this has influenced criminal justice practice. You will also explore public fascination with serial killers, and how this manifests in different leisure and tourism activities for people, ranging from documentaries to real life ghost tours.
Quiz 1: 1250 words (equivalent). Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Quiz 2: 1250 words (equivalent). Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Oral Presentation: 750 words (equivalent). Relates to Learning Outcomes 5 Written Assessment: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5
- Quiz 1 (25%)
- Written Assessment (40%)
- Quiz 2 (25%)
- Oral Presentation (10%)
Current study term: 25 Jun 23 to 06 Oct 23
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