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Media and Crime HEJ342



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
Unit code HEJ342
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media

Dr Erin Hawley

Teaching staff

Dr Erin Hawley

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


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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


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Teaching Pattern

Five contact hours fortnightly


Essay – 2000 words (40%)

Media analysis – 2500 words (40%)

Tutorial presentation – 1,000 words equivalent (20%)

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