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ATS2473

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ruth McFarlane

Notes

Previously coded CRJ2003

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.

Outcomes

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

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

Assessment

Minor assignment (500 words): 10%
Profiling assignment (2000 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

ATS1283 and ATS1284 or equivalent

Prohibitions

ATS3473, CRJ2003, CRJ3003