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Media and crime

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Tuesday 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Lecture venue

Course description

The media is said to play a vital part in facilitating the public’s conceptions of crime – shaping people’s images, heightening their fears and anxieties over particular “types of people and behavior,” and demanding policymakers and politicians to do “something about it.” Consequently, these demands to “do something” shape social control policies.

This course is designed to look at the different ways media shape our ideas and responses to crime by examining the local popular press, international media and the entertainment industry.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Recognize how the media assembles crime and criminal justice stories, especially in relation to particular types of behaviours and peoples.
  2. Explain and apply theories about the media’s role in the definition and construction of crime and social control responses.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of a particular chosen crime issue by engaging in intensive, independent researched reflective writing.
  4. Synthesize, design and inspire discussions on current issues and problems related to new media’s impact on our understanding of crime.


Individual reflective writing40%
In class midterm test25%
Group project35%

Required reading

The course syllabus lists the required readings for this course. Below are some supplemental, but not required readings, for students who are interested in reading further about media and crime.

Recommended reading

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

Maguire, M., Morgan, R., & Reiner, R. (Eds.). (2012). The Oxford handbook of criminology. OUP Oxford.

See also on-line, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture and Crime Media Culture for articles on crime, the media and popular culture.

Course co-ordinator and teachers