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Cost: $125.00 USD

Start: May 1 - May 29, 2005

Wayne Petherick,
M Criminology



























































CP250 Course Description

Introduction to
Stalking Concepts

Note: Wayne Petherick is a guest instructor of Forensic Solutions LLC.
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Purposes and Objectives
Lesson Plan
Is this course for me?
Course Schedule
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Purposes and Objectives:

The purpose of CP250, Introduction to Stalking Concepts, is to provide law enforcement, investigators, and others with a conceptual overview of the development of stalking both as a behavior and as a crime. CP250 will also cover some of the terms and definitions used in understanding and investigating stalking behavior, as well as discussing relational and motivational typologies. An overview of current stalking laws will be provided, with opportunities for students to discuss laws in their particular jurisdictions. It will also cover typical and atypical agency responses to stalking complaints. Although this course focuses on conceptual issues, it also examines basic investigative issues. No graphic material will be covered in this course.

Weekly assignments are used to ensure that participants understand the concepts and application of the materials covered. Students who wish to earn a certificate of completion for completing this course must complete these weekly assignments.

For a full syllabus, please refer here: CP250.

Lesson Plan:

The course consists of a weekly online lesson plan in the form of an HTML (web) page, with assigned reading, and assigned questions. In addition, the instructor is always available by email.

For a full schedule, please link to the syllabus.

The weekly lessons plans will follow the syllabus in structure, but will include lecture materials, reading assignments, discussion topics for the web-based discussion forum, etc.


  1. The following software and skills are required for successful completion of this course:
  • A familiarity with computers and their operation.
  • An understanding of the Internet and how to access its resources.
  • Competency with and access to Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer or another forms capable browser, with the ability to view both text and images.
  • A valid email address and familiarity with sending and receiving email.
  1. Students who wish to earn a certificate of completion for completing this course must complete all weekly assignments.


Wayne Petherick, Master of Criminology

Wayne Petherick is a forensic criminologist employed at Bond University on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Wayne is also principal of Forensic Criminology Services, a training and consultancy company that offers assessments in the areas of stalking, assault and sexual assault, and criminal profiling. Wayne is a board member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling.


There is no required textbook for this subject. Instead, cases and online lecture notes will be provided. Some supplemental reading suggestions follow:

The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspective
by J. Reid Meloy (Editor)

Stalking: Perspectives on Victims and Perpetrators
by Keith E. Davis (Editor)

Surviving Stalking
by Michele Pathé

For more books on this topic, visit the Stalking bookshelf.

Is this course for me?

Please be sure to read the syllabus, to see what topics will be covered.

People who will benefit from taking this course include:

  • Law enforcement officers who investigate stalking or work with stalking victims.
  • Private investigators who investigate stalking or work with stalking victims.
  • Mental health or social workers who work with stalking victims.
  • Students from criminal justice, psychology, criminology, or other forensic areas that have a desire to understand stalkers and stalking behavior.
  • Lecturing staff who teach courses wholly or partly covering stalking as a criminal justice problem.
  • Any interested others who wish to gain an understanding of the basics of stalking.

Course Schedule:

Starting Date:

May 1, 2005

Ending Date: May 29, 2005
Maximum course size: 50 students
Time Commitment: 4 + hours / week

Please note: Due to the nature of our online courses, course materials and the discussion forum are available 24 hours a day and can be accessed according to the student's individual schedule. Thus, the time commitment can only be an estimate on our part and will vary from student to student.


Total registration fee per student is $125.00 U.S. This does not include the price of the textbook.


To register, please click here: CP250

A $20.00 late fee may apply to registrations received after the course has begun.

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