Crime and the media

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Friday 12:30 – 14:20

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 is portrayed in particular ways. The course will also look at the representation of crime in popular culture and the entertainment media.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Identify ways crimes are represented in different media forms
  2. Describe key concepts and theories that help explain how media shapes our ideas and responses to crime
  3. Demonstrate their understanding of a particular chosen crime issue by engaging in intensive, independent researched reflective writing
  4. Analyse why their chosen crime issue is portrayed in a particular ways
  5. Critically evaluate on such media representations
  6. Synthesize and inspire discussions on current issues and problems related to new media technology’s impact on crime and the media


Individual Portfolio30%
Tutorial presentation, facilitation, and participation25%
Class participation5%

Required reading

Marsh, I., & Melville, G. (2019). Crime, justice and the media. Routledge.

Additional required readings will be listed on the course syllabus.



Recommended reading

Greer, C. (Ed.). (2019). Crime and Media: A Reader. London: Routledge

Course co-ordinator and teachers