Courses & Units

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. 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.


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. Donald Reid

Teaching staff

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


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain key criminological and journalism, media and communications concepts, approaches and methods used in the study of media and crime.
  2. Analyse mediated representations of crime showing an awareness of the broader social and political implications of these media practices.
  3. 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.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100700

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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:


Teaching Pattern

Five contact hours fortnightly.


Task 1: Tutorial Presentation (20%)

Task 2: Media Analysis (40%)

Task 3: Essay (40%)

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