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  • Reema Faris, MA Defence - Graduate Liberal Studies
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    October 15, 2015
    Thursday, Oct. 15th - 10 am - Room 1500, SFU Harbour Ctr. Campus Thesis Title: Once Upon a Journey: The Philosophical Observations of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Cultural Meme of Elizabeth Gilbert Abstract: This work analyzes travel writing by Mary Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Gilbert to demonstrate that travel by women serves as a technology of the self or a means by which to attain a certain state of being. This examination of travel narratives from two different eras also reflects a shift in the nature of travel from a knowledge-expanding endeavour to a self-indulgent one prioritizing individual benefits. This emergent emphasis on travel as a means to self-improvement rather than self-understanding perpetuates traditional values, upholds the patriarchal system of male privilege, and undermines the struggle for women’s equality in an era of apparent female empowerment and self-sufficiency. This project also functions as a testament of the value of an academic journey, one based on thinking about and reflecting upon a topic of interest with greater insight as the final destination and reward.
  • Magdalena Rudkowski PhD Thesis Examination, Education
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    October 19, 2015
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  • Karin Mjanes, MA Thesis Defence, Criminology
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    October 21, 2015
    Examining Committee: Dr. Eric Beauregard (Senior Supervisor), Dr. Martin Andresen (Supervisor), Dr. Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan (External Examiner, City University of Hong Kong), Dr. Sheri Fabian (Chair) Thesis Title: Testing the Organized/Disorganized Model of Sexual Homicide Abstract: The FBI’s organized/disorganized typology has been used extensively as a tool to classify sexual homicide and develop offender profiles. The classification approach, while ground-breaking and valuable to the field of criminal profiling, has not gone without criticism. It has been critiqued for its lack of empirical evidence, yet few studies have attempted to test its validity. This study examined the organized/disorganized model to determine if support exists for two discrete offender types among a sample of 350 Canadian cases of sexual homicide. Variables related to crime scene characteristics and the offender’s modus operandi were tested using K-means and latent class analyses. Results from both methods suggest that sexual murderers can be separated into two distinct profiles that share similarities with the organized/disorganized dichotomy in terms of the detection avoidance strategies, control and type of violence used by the offender. The latent class results show further support for the FBI model in relation to the offender’s approach, sexual acts, and post-mortem activities. Keywords : Sexual homicide; criminal profiling; typology; offense characteristics, latent class analysis, K-means clustering Location: Faculty Conference Room, SWH 10121
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