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Learning Community:Forensic Psychology & the Serial Killer

Forensic Psychology and the Serial Killer in Pop Culture - HONORS COLLEGE

Why, in recent years, has the serial killer become an increasingly prominent figure in popular culture, and to what extent do fictional representations of these figures, such as Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan, reinvent real-life serial killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Jack the Ripper? This course will investigate methods of classification practiced in forensic psychology side-by-side with narrative constructions of serial homicide in order to discern the relative correspondence between authentic and imagined instances of the serial killer phenomenon. The goal of the course is to synthesize historical and contemporary analyses and depictions of serial murder and to assess the impact of the media on public perceptions of serial killing.

  • 12662 ENGL 126C FORENSIC PSYCH AND THE SERIAL KILLER IN POP CULTURE, MWF 11:00-11:50AM, BAL 1005

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