The Sociology Department Blog-A-Thon *Final* Day 6 Featured Course

**A SPECIAL Saturday Morning Posting!**  


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Course Overview: 
  • Instructor: Kara Hannula
  • Schedule: Tuesdays 2:30-4:50 pm
  • SLN:21589
  • 5 credits (Individuals & Society)
  • This course will satisfy five credits of the Sociology General Elective requirement

One of the most intriguing and fascinating crimes is murder, the intentional killing of one human by another. Although murder draws significant media attention and provides the basis for various forms of entertainment (e.g., suspense novels, horror films, video games), the phenomenon of murder is often poorly understood by the public.

This course will provide students with a broad overview of the crime of murder. Popular myths about murder will be debunked as students are presented with historical and contemporary research on the prevalence of murder and common characteristics of killers, victims, and the act of murder itself. Students will explore different types of murder including intimate partner murder, family murder, mass and spree murder, serial murder, sexual murder, and gang-related murder.

Several theories on the causes of murder from sociological, biological, and psychological perspectives will be introduced, discussed, and analyzed.

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