An examination of the phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States. The course explores the available data on trends in and distribution of mass shootings, the characteristics of shooters, and patterns in the features of incidents, as well as proposed theories. Potential societal, law enforcement, and public policy responses, as distinct from political responses, are explored from a criminological perspective.
1. Describe the distinct phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States.
2. Explain how mass shootings differ from other types of mass murder, terrorism, or violent crimes.
3. Explore available data on trends and distribution of mass shootings in the United States.
4. Determine patterns in incident features including targeted victims, location, preparation, weaponry, and intended outcome of shooter.
5. Identify the patterns in characteristics of those who carry out mass shootings.
6. Evaluate societal response, law enforcement response, and public policy response to different mass shootings.
7. Analyze theories behind the phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States.