CRIME AND MEDIA - 2017/8
Module code: SOC2067
ADAMS MN Dr (Sociology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 24
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||PRESENTATION||20%|
|Coursework||3000 WORD ESSAY||80%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The relationships between crime and the media have long been the subject of intense debate. This module introduces students to the sociological analysis of crime and its representation in the media. We will examine how crime is portrayed by the media and we ask whether such representations are accurate or distorted and why. We also examine what effects, if any, these representations have on offending and public opinion about crime and on criminal justice
Introduce students to the sociological analysis of the representation of crime in the media
Familiarise students with debates about the relationship between media, public attitudes and offending
Introduce students to the relationship between moral panics and the media
|Demonstrate an understanding of the construction of media accounts of crime and deviance.|
|Understand the links between the media construction of crime, individual offending and public opinion|
|Understand the links between the media and criminal justice policy|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
· The media construction of deviance, crime, criminals and criminal justice
· The relationships between the media portrayals of crime and offending in ‘the real world’
· The impact of media representations on public attitudes towards crime and justice
· The media’s contribution to criminal justice and crime control
· Moral panics and the media
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable students to engage critically with the module content and reading, encouraging active participation and independent thinking.
The learning and teaching methods include:
· 11 x 2 hour sessions, each integrating lecture material with interactive discussions and exercises
· Weekly reading and seminar preparation
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the module learning outcomes as follows:
The presentation encourages students to critically engage with the sociological analysis of the representation of crime in the media, focusing on learning objective 1, but also providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate learning outcomes 2 and 3.
The essay enables students to show evidence of all three learning objectives, asking them to demonstrate their understanding of relevant theories of crime and media, by developing an argument which critically engages with relevant literature.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Presentation, in which students are asked to critically reflect on the representation of crime in media. Deadline in week 8.
3,000 word essay on one of the key topics in the course. Deadline in week 12.
Formative assessment and feedback
Seminars will involve group and individual activities. Students will receive ongoing feedback during these sessions, and feedback on on their work on their assignments and progress on the module in individual tutorials.
Reading list for CRIME AND MEDIA : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc2067
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.