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Serial Killers as Modern Day Evil Monsters: Why We Fear Them (More Than We Should) (4 Week Course)

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Serial Killers as Modern Day Evil Monsters: Why We Fear Them (More Than We Should) (4 Week Course)

Mark Sibicky, Ph.D., McCoy Professor of Psychology, Marietta College Researchers argue that many people in the U.S. consider serial killers to be “evil monsters,” and prime examples of “pure evil”. It’s also been argued that the U.S. public is both overly frightened, and overly fascinated by serial killers (to the point of attributing celebrity status to certain serial killers.) Some of these misconceptions derive from inaccurate and stereotypical media representations of serial killers where serial killers are often portrayed as being mentally ill, socially isolated and/or evil geniuses that outwit law enforcement. This course will examine common myths and media portrayals of serial killers and contrast these with known facts about an admittedly dangerous, but rare and diverse subset of criminals. Psychological theories about why we fear “evil monsters” will also be discussed. (Given the nature of the course topic, participants should expect exposure to discussion/scenes depicting violence.) Cost: $20 Limit: 90 participants Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 PM Dates: September 13, 20, 27 and October 4 Location: 124 Thomas Hall

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Withdrawals made up to one week before classes begin will receive full refund. After that, 50% will be refunded.