FYS 101 True Crime in Film

This course will explore the historical, social, and economic aspects of popular crime in the U.S. and the depiction
of true popular crime stories and celebrated real-life cases in film and literature. Infamous criminals throughout
history will be covered including H.H. Holmes, Al Capone, Aileen Wuornos, Frank Abagnale, Jr., Jack the Ripper,
the Zodiac killer, Charles Manson, Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, and the Bonanno crime family. The course will cover all
aspects of the criminal justice system including courts, policing, and corrections, and will explore the system within
the historical, social, economic, and political contexts. We will watch feature films, read novels, and discuss social,
economic, political, and historical issues raised in the films and novels.