Criminal Profiling: Theories and Practice

Learn about criminal profiling, its history and the development of modern profiling methods, what each method is based on, as well as the practical applications.

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Course Highlights

  • Includes 40 lectures and over 2 hours of content.
  • Uses various case studies to highlight certain points and theories as well as supportive PDF material.
  • Learn about the development of individual profiling methods, and what each method is based on.
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each profiling method.
  • Suitable for anyone interested in understanding the offender motive and linking the crimes of a serial offender.

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Criminal Profiling: Theories and Practice
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Dr. Wayne Petherick
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Course requirementsThere are no prerequisites for this course

Course Teacher

Dr. Wayne Petherick

Forensic criminologist and Associate Professor of Criminology

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This criminal profiling course will give you an understanding of the development of various profiling methods and the ways they are applied to cases. Learn how a profile may be formed under each method, and understand some of the areas a profile can be applied to such as linking serial crimes. You will also learn about the history behind criminal and enemy profiling, the CIA, motives and crime mapping.

Dr. Wayne Petherick is a forensic criminologist and an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University. He teaches Criminal Profiling, Criminal Motivations, Forensic Criminology, Profiling and Crime Analysis, Crime and Deviance, and Applied Crime Analysis and has published textbooks in those areas.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in criminal profiling, forensic psychology or the history, techniques and methods utilized for identifying criminal suspects. You will understand the difference between the types of logic and reasoning used to develop profiles and the theories behind your favourite crime cases, documentaries and even TV shows.