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Crime, Culture & the Media (CRIM90020)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90020
Campus
Parkville
Availability
March
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Crime is an issue of great social, individual and cultural concern. This subject investigates some of the ways in which crime is represented, talked about, and interpreted in popular culture and the media. The subject focuses on two issues: first, the skills and techniques required to interpret representations of crime (such as those in newspapers, film, literature, art, and television); and second, the significance and implications of images of crime in popular culture and the media. The subject includes an emphasis on interpretive and analytical skills, covering film and television analysis, aspects of narrative criticism, and techniques of news media analysis. The subject engages with a broad range of case studies of crime as it is represented in popular culture and the media, including street art and graffiti, controversial artwork, drug use, sexual assault, terrorism, the Holocaust, homicide and family violence.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to critically analyze discursive representations of crime;
  • be able to conduct library research on discursive representations of crime;
  • be able to understand the implications of discursive representations of crime;
  • be able to write critically and analytically about representations of crime.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • Have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • Have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Last updated: 28 May 2019