CJS5520 Criminal Behavior & Profiling

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Johnston

Course Description:

This course provides an analytical framework to evaluate theory, research, and practice of modern criminal profiling and behavioral analysis. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the analytical evaluation of how the role of criminal profiling is employed within the investigative arena for the purpose of exploring behavioral tendencies, geographical locations, demographic elements, and other personality traits of the offender that is revealed through the characteristics of the crime.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course assumes basic knowledge of the issues associated to behavior analysis with the opportunity for students to advance their knowledge on an analytical level by contextually comprehending criminal profiling as a measure to be utilized for locating the most accurate perpetrator. Students will have the knowledge to evaluate the challenges that permeate the behavior analysis process while being exposed to the mission associated to applying criminal profiling measures and techniques in the exploration of crime commission and criminality alike.

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.