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Criminology: Offender Profiling



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7 hours · Self-paced
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This criminology course provides a detailed and thorough introduction to the world of offender profiling, offering insightful teachings on its history and origin. It will take you through the different types of an offender, and the different types of profiling that correspond to each type of offence. By the end of this course, you will know how to create a detailed and accurate offender profile.

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Course Highlights

  • Includes 49 lectures with 3 hours of video content & supporting handout materials
  • Learn how to discern information about a potential offender by analysing a crime scene.
  • Includes a 92-Page Handbook detailing all aspects of the course and how to get the most out of the lecture material.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of offender profiling, and its place in the future of criminology.

Course Overview

This is an ideal course for anyone with a burgeoning interest in criminology and offender profiling. Whether you consider yourself an expert or a novice on this topic, this course is designed to teach you more about this fascinating world!

Instructor Bio

Course instructor Teresa Clyne is a legal and forensic psychology consultant. She is a lecturer in interdisciplinary law and forensic psychology at the University of Portsmouth and has written several publications, including 'A Plain English Guide to Business Law'. Teresa is an expert in her field and continues to share her teachings with students worldwide.

Course Curriculum


  • Introduction to this course
  • Handout - Course Overview
  • Handout - Course Objectives

The History of Offender Profiling

  • Handout - Course Handbook
  • Types of profiling
  • The history of offender profiling
  • Serial offenders: Developmental problems
  • A history of Witchcraft
  • The Salem witch trials
  • Identifying witches
  • Judicium Dei (Judgement of God)
  • Water trials
  • Fire trials

Crime Analysis

  • Crime analysis - who did what to whom?
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Types of crime analysis
  • Crime Linkage
  • Categorisation

Current Approaches to Offender Profiling

  • The difference in approach between the UK and the USA
  • David Canter
  • Profiling techniques
  • Investigative psychology
  • Victimology
  • Typological profiling
  • Typographical offender profiling
  • Psychological profiling
  • Geographical profiling
  • Handout - Activity 1, profile the crime scene

Profiling the Offender

  • Profiling the offender
  • Psychopathy
  • Stages of profiling
  • Paraphilia
  • Psychologist place in profiling
  • Traits of offenders
  • Types of serial killers
  • Serial, mass and spree killers
  • Types of annihilators
  • Ireland's serial killers
  • More on the history of Irish serial killers
  • Characteristics of serial killers
  • Modus Operandi and Signature
  • Handout - Activity 2, identify the type killer in the crime scene

Profiles of Serial Killers

  • Jack The Ripper
  • Cayetano Santos Godino
  • The Babes of Inglewood
  • Adolf Hitler
  • The Mad Bomber of New York
  • The Yorkshire Ripper

The Future of Offender Profiling

  • The future of offender profiling
  • Strengths and weaknesses of offender profiling
  • Conclusion to the course

Course Assessment

  • Quiz - End of course assessment

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Who is this course for?

A perfect course for anyone with an interest in criminology who wants to learn more about the world of offender profiling. It is suitable for those looking to work in the legal field or in the field of law enforcement.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Career path

Learn the fundamentals to forge a career as a criminologist or work in the world of offender profiling.


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included


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