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CRJ3003

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)David Baker

Synopsis

This unit demystifies the process of offender profiling by examining the theoretical bases underlying approaches to profiling, listing the functions of profiling outlining and contrasting methods used, and evaluating the validity of these. The long history of profiling will be explored, and the sensationalism of popular media depictions of profilers and profiling methods will be investigated.

Objectives

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. describe in depth the history of offender profiling
  2. use theoretical perspectives as an explanatory structure to outline approaches to profiling
  3. describe and evaluate critically methods of profiling
  4. appreciate the requirement that approaches to profiling be scientifically evaluated
  5. critique the different functions of profiling
  6. prepare a profile according to specific criteria based on information provided
  7. evaluate the limits of profiling.

Assessment

Profiling assignment (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Criminal justice

Prerequisites

CRJ1001 and CRJ1002 or equivalent

Prohibitions

CRJ2003