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Criminal Justice (CRIMJ)

CRIMJ 489W Victimology: Predatory Crime (3) This course uses medical, social scientific and legal research to study the complexities of predatory crime.

CRIMJ 489W Victimology: Predatory Crime (3)

This course builds upon CRIMJ 407, Victimology. Students are directed toward the development of forensic knowledge, crime scene analysis, comprehension of predatory injuries, films, and current serial crimes to initiate research and critical thinking. Issues such as gender, family abuse, protective services, trends in victim selection, and societal responses provide numerous opportunities for learning communities and interaction with other classes. The use of WEB based assignments and Department of Justice information encourages students to expand their research skills for writing assignments, short research papers, and legal research. The course also uses graphic slides to introduce students to the reality of physical and sexual child abuse, sexual assault, and homicide. Students are expected to review anatomy and use proper terminology when speaking about predatory behavior, victimization injuries, and psychological issues. Crime classification is introduced using the Federal Bureau of Investigation Manual and the DSM IV is used to classify aberrant behavior. Research completed by leaders in the field are assigned readings and special topics such as female serial killers, angels of death, spree killers, and terrorism provide a basis for class discussions and projects. The course also includes the "high crime low-war" classification of international terrorism and concepts of lethality of attack.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: CRIMJ 407

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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