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CRM1300- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 39 pages long!)


Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRM 1300
Professor
Sam Alvaro
Study Guide
Final

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CRM1300
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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The psychology of the Dark Knight
● Decade of Great Depression / violent crime
● Understanding Batman’s motives through fear (psychologically based) =
fundamental emotions of childhood
● notions of choice
● fear > takes responsibility for tragedy > feels guilty for death of his parents
● develops trust issues, takes matters into own hands
traumatic events = motive for positive social mouvements (fight crime)
Bruce Wayne
Teddy Roosevelt
parents died
goes off to bad lands
rebuilds himself
comes back to represent justice
(police commissioner of NYC)
● Bat embodies greatest fear; exposing yourself as a bat = dominance over fear
● Who is real person, Bruce or Batman?
● Man divided
● Batman embodies shadow side = embodies darkness, but represents good
● Takes
iconography
of
evil,
devil,
satan,
chaos…
and
owned
it
1. Batman is the true persona, bruce is the mask
(negligence to seek psychotherapy)
or
2. Batman is just a tool for his accomplishments
Batman’s superpower = self regulation, self control
● Easier for him to stop being Bruce than Batman > OCD over self control
● Easier to make a choice if it has no consequence; Batman’s heart has no shield,
can be hurt
Batman’s villains
Greater the threat, greater the hero
Offer twisted mirrored images of himself
Most psychologically disturbed villains
Take Batman’s strengths and turn them into weaknesses, proof of what
happens if he crosses a certain line
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● Ted Bundy/Riddler (zodiac) : Leave traces of themselves in their crimes =
NARCISSISM
● John Hickley : Mentally ill (motives are illogical) ex. If he killed the president,
Jodi Foster would love him
● Joker : Perfect villain for Batman > bold, unexpected
Insane is a legal term, not a clinical term (Ex.: Jeffrey Dahmer not insane,
wanted to kill his victims)
LUST, GREED, ATTENTION = CRIME
● Innocence can be destroyed… = no innocence?
Batman
Most relatable superhero
He is what we aspire to be (self-disciplined, wealthy,...) Human.
Shows us the greatness of what humans can be
provides us hope that we all need
What is Crime? Sept. 12
What do Criminologists do? Build upon work of others.
Criminology is the body of knowledge regarding crime as a social phenomenon. It
includes the process of making laws, of breaking laws, and of reacting to the breaking of
laws. The objective of criminology is the dev. of a body of general & verified principles &
other types of knowledge regarding their process of law, crime & treatment.”
-Sutherland and Cressey 1960
4 epistemological ways we know about crime
● Personal knowledge (first hand accounting)
● The news (media)
● Academic knowledge
● The government
Criminology
● Studies criminal behaviour
Causes (desperation, opportunity), patterns, control of
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