The Psychology of Serial Killers

Learn about the psychological factors involved in serial murders.

‘‘I was a normal person. I had good friends. I led a normal life, except for this one, small but very potent and destructive segment that I kept very secret and close to myself’’.

What you’ll learn

  • Students will learn about the various psychological factors related to serial killer pathology.
  • Students will learn about the FBI’s serial killer typology as well as motives based typology.
  • Students will learn psychological, biological, and social factors related to serial killer populations..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 12 lectures • 32min.
  • CLASSIFICATION OF SERIAL KILLERS/TYPOLOGY –> 8 lectures • 28min.
  • BEHAVIORAL PROFILING –> 2 lectures • 13min.
  • Contemporary Trait Theories –> 2 lectures • 13min.
  • Interview with a Serial Killer –> 1 lecture • 9min.
  • Five Serial Killers You Have Probably Never Heard About –> 5 lectures • 13min.
  • Conclusion/Summary –> 2 lectures • 1min.

The Psychology of Serial Killers

Requirements

  • No requirements..

‘‘I was a normal person. I had good friends. I led a normal life, except for this one, small but very potent and destructive segment that I kept very secret and close to myself’’.

-Ted Bundy.

This course will take you through the various aspects that lead to serial killings. We will look at the psychological research related to the development of sexual deviance, the influence of trauma, and the social factors which can contribute to serial killer formation.

The course syllabus will cover the following questions:

  • What defines a serial killer?
  • Are all serial killers caucasian and male?
  • Do all serial killers have schizophrenia?
  • What is behavioral profiling and does it work?
  • What leads an individual to commit serial murders?

These questions and more will be answered throughout this course!

 

****Please note that this course will cover many difficult topics including murder, sexual assault, and abuse. Some students may find these topics difficult to learn about. Please be mindful of your reactions. Practice self-care.

 

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