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Crime, Media and Culture
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
critically analyse portrayals of crime, victimisation and justice;
articulate how popular culture and media representations inform and influence responses to crime and the criminal justice system;
identify limitations and restrictions in sources analysed, including in regards to evidence used, technical and practical constraints;
demonstrate critical thinking in assessing how social media is used by citizens, criminal justice agencies and vigilantes;
evaluate accuracy and misrepresentation in sources in regards to crime and criminal justice institutions: police, courts and correction; and
model specialist analysis, research, and communication skills that contribute to life-long application in a professional career.
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- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
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Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Our understandings and perceptions of crime and the criminal justice system are largely informed by the media and popular culture. This subject investigates how media representations shape public opinion, political policy and criminal justice practices. Students will assess mainstream and alternative sources of media and how these differing sources present and challenge key crime stories. The emerging role of social media will occupy a key role in the subject, including the use of social media by: police to solve crimes and connect with the community, citizens to broadcast state violence and vigilante collectives (such as 'Anonymous') to present perceived failures of justice.
Assessment 1 Quiz: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1,3-5 Assessment 2 Quiz: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1,3-5 Assessment 3 Written Assessment: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6
- Quiz/Quizzes (30%)
- Written Assessment (40%)
- Quiz/Quizzes (30%)
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