6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Online)
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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- describe in depth the history of offender profiling
- use theoretical perspectives as an explanatory structure to outline approaches to profiling
- describe and evaluate critically methods of profiling
- appreciate the requirement that approaches to profiling be scientifically evaluated
- critique the different functions of profiling
- prepare a profile according to specific criteria based on information provided
- evaluate the limits of profiling.
Within semester assessment: 50% + Exam: 50%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
ATS1283 and ATS1284 or equivalent
ATS2473, CRJ2003, CRJ3003