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Crime and Culture (CRIM30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCRIM30006
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Cinema and television have become immensely popular and influential cultural forms. This subject investigates the relationship between crime and culture by focusing on representations of crime and justice in film and television. The subject considers these representations in the context of recent debates about the cultural construction of crime in criminology, socio-legal studies, cultural studies and film theory. It will develop the skills necessary for analyzing images of crime and justice in film and television and will also examine a number of case studies (including television crime drama, police procedurals and trial movies, cinematic fascination with the serial killer, cinematic representations of 9/11, and the cinematic depiction of violence and gender).

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Understand a range of theories and methods concerning cultural representations of crime;
  • Comprehend examples of the cultural construction of crime;
  • Comprehend some of both the cultural dimensions of criminology and criminal justice and cultural representations of crime in popular culture;
  • Understand some of the problems and complexities relating to the interpretation of cultural representations of crime and justice;
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Last updated: 10 August 2019