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|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
|Coordinator||Doctor Donald Reid|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- 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
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Prerequisites100 credit points at Introductory level or higher
On Campus (Hobart)
Weekly online content including lectures and activities (4 hrs)
Weekly scheduled classroom tutorial (60 min)
|Assessment||Seminar Presentation (20%)|Crime as Entertainment (40%)|Framing Crime (40%)|
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