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Crime and the media

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Thursday 10:30 – 12:20

Lecture venue

Course description

The media plays a particularly influential role on the public’s conceptions of crime and order. This course is designed to look at the ways in which the media shapes our ideas and responses to crime.

The course examines representations of crime in different news media forms and theoretical explanations for why crime and crime control are portrayed in particular ways. The course will also look at the representation of crime in popular culture and the entertainment media.

Course learning outcomes

  • Describe key concepts and theories that help explain how media shapes our ideas and responses to crime;

  • Identify ways crimes are represented in different media forms;

  • Demonstrate their understanding of a particular chosen crime issue by engaging in intensive, independent researched reflective writing;

  • Analyse why their chosen crime issue is portrayed in a particular ways;

  • Critically evaluate on such media representations;

  • Synthesize and inspire discussions on current issues and problems related to new media technology’s impact on crime and the media.


Individual Portfolio35%
Tutorial oral presentation, facilitation and participation25%

Required reading

Partial listing:

Marsh, I., Melville, G. (2019). Crime, Justice and the Media. London: Routledge, https://doi-org.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/10.4324/9780429432194


Recommended reading

Hayes, R. M., & Luther, K. (2018). # Crime: Social Media, Crime, and the Criminal Legal System. Springer. https://link-springer-com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-89444-7

Jewkes, Y. (2015). Media and Crime. London: Sage.

Course co-ordinator and teachers

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