CJS4520 Criminal Behavior & Profiling

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Johnston

Course Description:

This course exposes students to the dynamics associated to the assessment of criminal behavior and the application of profiling as an investigative measure within the realm of criminal justice. Realistic scenarios pertaining to the application of criminal profiling will be explored for the purpose of recognizing the element of maladaptive behavior; in addition, students will be able to ascertain the types of cases in which in which the role of profiling is most often employed within the investigative process.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses but with an emphasis on the structure and requirements associated to criminal profiling and behavior analysis.

Why This Course Is Important:

The role of criminal profiling within the criminal justice system is one that encompasses investigating the behavioral patterns of crime. Components that may be revealed through crime scene patterns range from gender, race, age, sexual orientation, education, geographical location, and weapon selection in addition to many more elements. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to ascertain and determine the characteristics of criminal behavior that are best associated to the establishment of profiling typologies as well as having the opportunity to apply profiling techniques within case assessments.