Subject details

  1. Understand current and emerging debates about the intersections of media and crime,
  2. Understand and explain the nature of mass media representations of crime in local and globalised contexts,
  3. Understand key theoretical and methodological approaches to research in media criminology,
  4. Demonstrate your ability to apply these theoretical and methodological understandings to an analysis of crime texts,
  5. Have developed your critical faculties as consumers of the mass media, particularly in relation to representations of crime and criminality.
    • Media theory: Theories of mass media: sociology and media studies perspectives
    • Media audiences and effects: Media-person interactions
    • Media and crime: What do we know? Theory and research
    • Moral panics and the fear of crime
    • Print
    • Film and moving image
    • Construction and production
    • Consumption
    • Identity and cyberspace
    • Harassment, victimisation, and cyberspace
    • Surveillance, crime and safety
    • Media and the criminal justice system : Who uses whom?
    • What's the point?
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment


This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects.

Special requirements

No special requirements

  • Major Essay (50%)
  • (30%)
  • Online Quiz/s (20%)