Course Description

Few things captivate the interest of the general public more than serial killers. These individuals are so compelling to us because they seem to be so very different from "the rest of us," yet they live among us – they are neighbors and family members to SOMEONE. We read about them, study them, and see movies about them, all in an effort to see what makes them tick.

There are many myths and truths about serial killers. Which of these do YOU know to be true?

  • Serial killers are only motivated by sex.
  • Serial killers are compulsive and cannot stop killing.
  • All serial killers are insane.
  • Serial killers have "red flags" early in life, so we are now able to identify them at a young age.
  • Some people are just "born to kill."
  • All serial killers can be categorized according to their motive.

In this course, you will be fascinated by twenty serial killers. Some of them are quite infamous – Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy – but some are less-known (like Harold Shipman and Aileen Wuornos), but no less compelling. You will learn about their early lives, how they killed their victims, how (and if!) they were caught, and what happened after law enforcement caught up with them. Most interestingly, you will consider psychological elements that shaped the behavior of these men and women, factors motivating them to abduct, assault, torture, mutilate, and kill – multiple times.  

A word of warning: The eerie, chilling feeling that you will get while you work on this course may have you securing windows, checking to see that doors are locked, and turning on extra lighting.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction Assignment 1 points
Lesson 1 Exam 10 points
Jack the Ripper 25 points
Lesson 2 Exam 10 points
Edward Gein 25 points
Lesson 3 Exam 9 points
Albert Desalvo 25 points
Lesson 4 Exam 10 points
Edmund Kemper 25 points
Lesson 5 Exam 10 points
Wanet Hoyt 25 points
Lesson 6 Exam 10 points
Zodiac Killer 25 points
Lesson 7 Exam 10 points
John Wayne Gacy 25 points
Lesson 8 Exam 10 points
Ted Bundy 25 points
Lesson 9 Exam 10 points
Donald Harry 'Pee Wee' Gaskins 25 points
Lesson 10 Exam 10 points
Son of Sam 25 points
Lesson 11 Exam 10 points
Harold Shipman 25 points
Lesson 12 Exam 9 points
Using the Format from Lesson #1, Please tell us about Dennis Rader. 25 points
Lesson 13 Exam 10 points
Lesson 14 Exam 10 points
Lesson 15 Exam 10 points
Lesson 16 Exam 11 points
Lesson 17 Exam 10 points
Lesson 18 Exam 10 points
Lesson 19 Exam 10 points
Lesson 20 Exam 10 points
Final Exam 80 points
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