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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject offers a critical examination of the various techniques that are broadly known as criminal profiling. We explore the theoretical foundations of criminal profiling and the fundamental questions of whether we can relate criminal actions to offender characteristics and predict criminal behaviour on this basis. The different methodologies involved in criminal profiling are also examined from an evidence-based perspective, with a view to assessing their respective validity and reliability.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesClass activities and exercises, mid-semester assignment.

Capstone subjectNo

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various methodologies and processes involved in criminal profiling
02. Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence available to support or limit the application of criminal profiling in a range of contexts
03. Demonstrate an ability to undertake academic research relevant to the area of criminal profiling

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