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COMG 390

Delve into the process of interviewing and interrogation…

COMG 390: Interrogation and Interviewing

Summer 2

Explore the process of interviewing and interrogation in formal settings (e.g., Law Enforcement and Military/CIA). We will examine theories that help explain how and why interviews and interrogations are needed, review interviewing and interrogation methods, and delve into the subjects of deception and ethics and how they are essential components of interviewing and interrogations.

Students will write papers that force them to make ethical decisions about what interrogation techniques they would be willing to use to save people’s lives. Students will also view multiple videos of actual law enforcement and military/CIA interviews and interrogations.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DS, ETH

About the Instructor
Dr. William Sharkey has been teaching since 1982 and at UH Mānoa since 1990, where he has been an academic adviser since 1990 and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the past 14 years. Courses that he teaches include: interviewing, interrogation, conflict management, family communication, and communication in helping relationships. He publishes articles related to the use of intentional embarrassment, questioning techniques by law enforcement investigators, interrogation and embarrassability. Dr. Sharkey is trained in the use of the Reid Technique of interviewing and interrogation.

For inquiries about the course: email

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • Summer 2
    July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 20 – August 9, 2019

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 12
    UHM Continuing
    March 13
    New or Visiting
    March 19

Questions? Contact Us

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