Crime Studies
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Crime Studies

Criminal justice with a twist as taught by indie criminal profiler and crime writer Chelsea Hoffman
4.2 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
104 students enrolled
Created by Chelsea Hoffman
Published 6/2013
Price: $25
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Constant hands-on interaction with your instructor Chelsea Hoffman!
  • Learn about the history of serial murder!
  • Learn about criminal profiling and crime analysis
  • Learn about what to do if one of your loved ones go missing
  • Fine tune your own crime analysis skills if you're a crime writer or blogger
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This course aims to educate and inform about serial killers, missing persons and many other criminal justice concepts as taught by criminal profiler, blogger and author Chelsea Hoffman. This course should take anywhere from three to six months to complete, with a well-rounded curriculum that will either prepare you for a criminal justice degree program or enrich your independent studies. If you want to become a criminal profiler, you might want to take this class! It will prepare you with some of the basic education needed to embark on such a journey.

While this isn't an accredited course that awards credits for college or certification, I believe that everyone who makes a high grade in this class deserves some form of recognition. If you pass this entire course with a 100 (perfect score) please email me with a screenshot of your final grade along with your name and I will personally provide you with public Kudos on the Case to Case Alumni Stars page.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any adult who is interested in crime studies
  • Any parent who wants to be 'in-the-know'
  • Anyone who is interested in becoming a criminal profiler
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Module One: Introduction to Crime Studies
3 Lectures 13:12

Welcome to your introductory lecture to Crime Studies with Chelsea Hoffman. In this module I touch up on some of the numerous topics we will explore over the course of this class. Please make sure to pay extra attention to the lecture because you will be quizzed on it!
Preview 08:04

The following quiz is just a quick refresher of what we covered in this Introduction to Crime Studies. Please take your time to answer each question as closely as possible.

Introduction Quiz Part One
5 questions

This is the complete translated text of Hammurabi's code. Please study the laws Hammurabi's code outlines as there will be a quiz on these points, and as well on what we covered during the brief presentation. 
Who was Hammurabi?

After paying attention to the lecture and reading the supplemental PDF file about Hammurabi and the legal system formed in his name, take this quiz!

Introduction Quiz Part Two
5 questions
Criminal Justice Crash Course
5 Lectures 20:22
The Courts

The entire text of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure as printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives.

Please familiarize yourself with these rules as supplemental reading to Lecture 3 ("The Courts"). Your Section 2 exam will include questions pertaining to this text. 

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
84 pages

Probable Cause, Warrants, Etc..

The Constitution of the United States of America

Punishment and Rehabilitation
6 pages

CJCC Section 2 Exam
100 questions
Criminal Psychology Crash Course
5 Lectures 01:02:02
Nature vs. Nurture



This is an optional side-lecture to Lecture 11. It's meant as a lighthearted approach to some of the various paraphilias out there. Be warned that this guy does use some pretty strong language and potty humor. If this is something that does not interest you, it is not required. However, you will be quizzed on Lecture 11 and its supplemental reading downloads.

Paraphilias II (educational comedy)

Dangerous Disorders

CPCC Section 3 Exam
48 questions
Some Statistics
4 Lectures 44:19
Missing People

Domestic Violence


Murder/Serial Murder

Statistics Overview Exam
59 questions
Sex Crimes
3 Lectures 31:17
Sex Crimes Lecture #1

Sex Crime Lecture #2

Warning: This is a very explicit video that contains dialogue that may be very shocking to some.

Interview with a Sexual Sadist

Sex Crimes
55 questions
All About Serial Killers
6 Lectures 32:59
Serial Killers #1

Serial Killers #2

Serial Killers #3

Rodney Alcala on the Dating game

John Wayne Gacy

Most perverted serial killers

Serial Killers Section Exam
20 questions
Criminal Profiling Crash Course (Just the Basics)
2 Lectures 22:30
Finishing this Course
1 Lecture 00:24
Good luck!

Final Exam
50 questions
About the Instructor
Chelsea Hoffman
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Criminal Justice with a Twist

Chelsea Hoffman is a criminal profiler and crime analyst with several books published and multiple successful news columns. She occasionally blogs for The Huffington Post and owns the popular true crime blog "Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case." She is also the host of the "Case to Case" podcast.

Chelsea's educational background includes psychology, criminal justice, political science and numerous side studies in science related areas. She is still a student of numerous studies and intends to be for life.

Chelsea Hoffman has personally assisted in the profiling of several missing persons cases, both solved and unsolved. More about her can be read on the bio of the Case to Case blog .