Notorious Killers

Ref: C2339580

Throughout this course we will be delving into the mind and motivations of a killer. We will seek to discover what makes people kill, perhaps identify common elements and gain an insight into a "murderous mind". We will be identifying exactly what constitutes a "serial killer" and discuss notorious killers such as the wooden-legged loner Michael Sams who kidnapped Stephanie Slater for eight horrific days in 1992 after murdering Julie Dart the previous year....why?...... why? During this course we will learn the answers and discover what has happened to some of the killers since their convictions !

Additional information about this course

A fascinating journey into the mind of the notorious killers. Explore the behaviours of psychopaths, sociopaths, narcissists etc. and build profiles of those high profile killers such as Michael Sams.

Course aim

This course is essentially a probe into the mind of a murderer - what makes a killer !

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss some of the workings of the mind
  • Identify certain aspects of the psychological mind
  • Discover what happens within the prison system

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • You might want to progress through a course relating to crime and/or criminology

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Notorious Killers

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