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Criminal Justice 330

CRJU 330: Deviant Sexual Behavior and Criminal Activity

Prerequisites: CRJU 100 or CRJU 150

Credit Hours: (3)

This course introduces students to the world of the sexually deviant criminal. Emphasis is placed on understanding the various types of offense behavior, victim issues, investigative methods and techniques, and treatment of the sex offender.

 

Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is designed to introduce to the student the often bizarre and troubling world of the sexually deviant criminal. It will review the typologies of various sex offenders, as well as their methods of operation. Attention will be given to the appropriate role for law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system in dealing with this disturbing population. The course will combine a lecture-discussion format with multimedia and guest presentations to help the student thoroughly understand the thinking and behavior of the sexual offender in the community, in the courts, and in the correctional system.

 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture-discussion format; assigned readings; guest presentations

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

The student will be able to articulate, verbally and in writing, the basic parameters of normal human sexuality, deviant sexuality, and sexual criminality. The student will be able to discuss the development of deviant and criminal sexuality, and the various classification systems used for identifying paraphilic behavior. The student will be able to understand and discuss the role of gateway sexual offenses as precursors of moreserious sexual offenses. The student will be able to discuss the Cognitive-Behavioral progression of child molester, as well as the current typologies in use for this kind of offender. The student will be able to understand and discuss the modus operandi of the serial rapist, as well as the current typologies used to identify this offender. Finally, the student will be able to understand and discuss victimology as it pertains to the sexual offender.

 

Assessment Measures

Class attendance and participation through discussion, commentary, and questioning will be used to evaluate student performance. Students will also be evaluated by completing three comprehensive written examinations of the material presented in class.

 

Other Course Information

None

 

Review and Approval

DATE ACTION APPROVED BY
July 2005, Reviewed by Dr. Isaac Van Patten, Department Chair