Courses & Units

Media and Crime HEJ242


This unit is not on offer in 2017


This unit examines the representation of crime in the media and its role as a primary source of information for public discourse about crime, criminality and criminal justice in contemporary society. You will engage with key critical criminology and media theories and concepts to analyse the construction of crime news and other popular media representations, and the broader social and political implications of these media practices. Key areas covered may include media representations of population groups in relation to crime (e.g. youth crime); the relationship between journalists and police as news sources; the laws and ethics of crime and court reporting; cybercrime; celebrity criminals; reality-based television shows and "the CSI effect"; and the impacts of social media and surveillance culture on crime reporting.


Unit name Media and Crime
Unit code HEJ242
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Journalism, Media and Communications

Dr Katrina Clifford

Teaching staff

Dr Katrina Clifford

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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Band Field of Education
1 100799

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For Bachelor of Media and Bachelor of Media with Honours students: 4 HEJ level 100 units

For students outside the Bachelor of Media: 2 HEJ level 100 units or HGA101 and HGA102

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HEJ342 Media and Crime


Teaching Pattern

1 x 90 minute weekly lecture

1 x 60 minute weekly tutorial


3500 words internal assessment (60%), including an essay and media analysis, and a two-hour examination (40%)

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