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. Students engage with key critical criminology and media and communications 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|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Journalism, Media and Communications|
Dr Katrina Clifford
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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|Band||Field of Education|
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HEJ110 AND HEJ120 OR HEJ101-A AND HEJ102-A OR HGA101 AND HGA102
Five contact hours fortnightly
4,000 words internal assessment (60%), including an essay and media analysis, and a two-hour examination (40%)
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