Media and crime

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Friday 19:00 – 21:50

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

By the end of the course, students should:

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


Individual reflective writing40%
Midterm essay25%
Group project35%

Required reading

  • The course syllabus lists other 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

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

  • Jewkes, Y. (2015). Media and Crime. London: Sage
  • See also on-line, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture and Crime Media Culture: An International Journal for articles on crime, the media and popular culture.

Course co-ordinator and teachers