Criminal profiling is a specialised field relevant to many careers within the criminal justice system and psychology sectors. Whether you work in these areas or are interested in the subject, you’ll discover the fascinating world of criminal behaviour analysis and investigative psychology in this online course.
Certificate of Criminal Profiling is an online professional development course that provides an in-depth introduction to criminal profiling, offering insights into crimes ranging from violent offences like serial killing and terrorism to white-collar crimes such as fraud and cybercrime.
In this criminal profiling course, you will explore the psychological underpinnings of criminal behaviour, delving into topics like psychopathy, motives, gender dynamics in crime, and the impact of mental health and learning disabilities on criminal tendencies.
You will also learn how to construct victim profiles and timelines and understand the unique challenges posed by victims of serial killers and various violent crimes. You will also explore behavioural evidence analysis, forensic analysis, and geographic profiling.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the role of the profiler in the broader criminal justice system, from crafting profiling reports to serving as expert witnesses in court.
Unit - Criminal Profiling
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 8 – Offender Profiling – White-Collar Crimes
Blackmail and extortion
Intellectual property infringement
Common profiles of white-collar offenders
Offender profile – hackers
Unit 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)
Unit 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
Estimated duration 50 hours
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