Learn to Understand the Criminal Mind
Crime isn't always extreme, nor is it always committed with serious, thought out intent. People may abuse others in a momentary loss of self control. Crimes can vary from soft crimes such as illegal possession of drugs to petty theft or slander; through to serious crimes such as murder, terrorism or sex trafficking.
Criminals can be motivated by many things from personality defects or mental illness through to circumstances beyond their control. Knowing the motivation that drives a criminals actions can be key to reducing criminal activity.
Why Study this Course?
Criminals disrupt society and the lives of those who do follow the rules. Any well structured society will have developed not only laws to be followed, but methods to minimise the disruption caused by crime. Those methods can include:
- Crime Prevention
- Law Enforcement
- Criminal Rehabilitation
There are ten lessons in this course:
Lesson 1. Introduction to Criminal Profiling
Types of crime
Jack the Ripper
FBI behavioural science unit
What is criminal profiling?
Other related terms
Crime scene profiling/crime scene analysis profiling
Crime of passion
The criminal profiling process
What is included in a profile?
How are criminal profiles used?
Role of profiling
Who uses profiling?
Contributions of psychologists, psychiatrists
Lesson 2. Profiling Methods
Nomothetic vs. Idiographic profiling
Organised and disorganised offenders
Behavioural evidence analysis
Investigative psychology: statistical approach
Behavioural investigative advice
The main concepts of geographical profiling
Lesson 3. Crime Scene Analysis
Crime scene evidence
Crime scene location
Crime scene type
Choice of victim
Method of approach
Method of attack
Method of control
Patterns and linkages
Method of operating
Writing a crime scene analysis
Lesson 4. Offender Characteristics
Who commits crimes?
Mental health and crime
Learning disabilities and crime
Gender and crime
Why are men more likely to commit crimes?
The general theory of crime
Nature & nurture
Sociological theories of why men commit more crimes than women
Sociobiological and evolutionary theories
Stereotyping and generalisations
Rapist motivational typology
Lesson 5. Victimology
Understanding victim profiles
Goal of forensic victimology
Exposure of victims to crime
Case study – knife crime
Victims of serial killers
Problems with victim profiling
Stereotyping and generalisations
Lesson 6. Offender Profiling – Sexual Crimes
Types of sex crimes
Power reassurance type
Power assertive type
Anger retaliatory type
Anger excitement type (sadistic)
The use of profiling in rape cases
Finding the offender
Cannibalism sexual murder
Lesson 7. Offender Profiling – Violent Crimes
Serial killers or serial murderers
Control or power killers
Stages of serial killing
Types of mass killers
Set and run killer
Lesson 8. Offender Profiling – White Collar Crimes
Blackmail and extortion
Intellectual property infringement
Common profiles of white-collar offenders
Offender profile – hackers
Lesson 9. Offender Profiling – Victimless Crimes, Consensual Crimes and Other Crimes
Theft & robbery crime
The case of the Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski)
The case of the Beltway Snipers (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo)
The case of the Boston Strangler (Albert Desalvo)
Lesson 10. Profiling in Action
Profiling in action – Jeffrey Dahmer
Writing reports for divorce cases
Criminal profiling as expert witness testimony
Miscarriage of justice in criminal profiling
The case of Richard Jewell (1996)
The case of Colin Stagg (1992)
The case of Ronald Cotton (1984)
The case of Gary Dotson (1977)
Why is criminal profiling important to society as a whole?
Outlook on profiling
Uses of profiling
The future of criminal profiling
Criminal profiling and artificial intelligence
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Describe the nature and scope of criminal profiling.
- Explain different methods used for criminal profiling.
- Describe how a crime scene may be analysed.
- Describe criminal offender characteristics.
- Describe different types of victims.
- Describe the common profiles of sex crime offenders and victim profiles.
- Describe the common profiles of violent crime offenders.
- Describe common profiles of white-collar crime offenders.
- Apply criminal profiling to victimless crimes, consensual crimes, and other crimes.
- Discuss the application of criminal profiling, and its importance to society.
WHO MIGHT STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course may be used as professional development training for employees; or as preparation for seeking employment in a wide range of situations including:
- Security Guards
- Crime writers
- News reporters for print or broadcast media
- Bouncers at a nightclub
- Private Investigators
- Insurance Agents investigating the validity of claims
- Cybersecurity professionals
- Social workers
- Welfare workers
- Law firm staff
- Law enforcement officers and Prison guards