Courses & Units

Media and Crime HEJ342

Hobart

Introduction

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 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.

Summary

Unit name Media and Crime
Unit code HEJ342
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media
Coordinator Doctor Donald Reid
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain key criminological and journalism, media and communications concepts, approaches and methods used in the study of media and crime
  • analyse mediated representations of crime showing an awareness of the broader social and political implications of these media practices
  • evaluate and discuss the relationship between media and crime, including the role of the media in shaping public knowledge and understandings of crime and criminality
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100700 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Requisites

Prerequisites

One year of tertiary study (1 EFTSL)

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart)

Weekly online content including lectures and activities (4 hrs)

Weekly scheduled classroom tutorial (60 min)

Off Campus (Hobart)

Weekly online content including lectures and activities (4 hrs)

Weekly scheduled web-conference tutorial (60 min)

AssessmentSeminar Presentation (20%)|Crime as Entertainment (40%)|Framing Crime (40%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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