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 Creative Arts and Media
Dr Erin Hawley
Dr Erin Hawley
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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|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
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Five contact hours fortnightly
Essay – 2000 words (40%)
Media analysis – 2500 words (40%)
Tutorial presentation – 1,000 words equivalent (20%)
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