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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Summer 2016

Course Number:
CJA 233
Course Title:
Aspects of Homicide
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Course Description

Provides a historical examination and analysis of homicide. Explores the differences between homicide and murder and analyzes the different degrees of murder. Examines theories on the motives for homicide, murder, mass murder and serial murders. Explores how the criminal justice system works with murder and other death-related crimes. Introduces methods for detection, investigation and prosecution of murder cases including the analysis of forensic evidence in homicide cases to determine cause of death. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Analyze homicides with an understanding of societal response throughout history
  2. Evaluate motives in homicide investigations
  3. Determine possible causes of death through detection, investigation and analysis of evidence

Course Activities and Design

  • Class lecture
  • Films and videos
  • Crime scene analysis
  • Forensic Analysis

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include informal responses to study questions, class presentations, written tests, online tests, group discussion, in-class and out of class writing.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • History of homicide
  • Criminal justice system and homicide
  • Homicide motives
  • Death determination
  • Forensic evidence