This subject assesses the way journalists and media organisations report and construct news about crime and criminal justice. It covers the relationship between police and journalists; media coverage of the courts; laws relating to contempt and defamation; representations of prisons and prisoners; investigative reporting; and the psychological and sociological issues relating to the effects of high profile crime reporting.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Media and Crime|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Develop knowledge of the variety of theories and methods in the field of media and crime and justice.
- Apply this knowledge in understanding how the media actually covers crime and justice issues.
- Apply critical thinking skills in assessing how the media covers crime and justice issues.
- Understand and interpret journalistic and criminological ethical standards and codes of practice as they relate to media and crime items.
|Take-home Test||Analyse a crime-media item as a form of mid-semester test to be done online over a one week period||50%||Week 7||2, 3.|
|Oral Pitch||Individual oral presentation about a crime-media issue delivered in-class, online or using voice-over powerpoint||50%||Week 11||1, 2, 3, 4.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Subject administration and assessment overview; introduction to the topic area and key concepts.
Consider how media covers different components of the CJS (police, courts and corrections) and victims and offenders.
Theoretical and conceptual explanations of how media socially constructs and influences our understanding and knowledge of crime and criminal justice issues.
Australian media landscape, the role of the consumer and the producer of crime news content and media tools.
Contempt and defamation laws in Australia; censorship and classification schemes; challenges in the new media realm.
Privacy issues; chequebook journalism; code of ethics; regulators.
How are different groups (e.g. women, Indigenous, religious, victims, mentally ill etc.) represented in media? What are the consequences of misrepresentation
The role of media in fear of crime, crime waves and moral panic.
Criminogenic media; aggression and violence theories; copycat phenomenon; CSI effect.
Advances in technology in crime and justice settings; surveillance culture; new media and performance crime.
Media coverage of global crime issues: organised crime; white collar crime and corruption; environmental issues; piracy; terrorism; dangers of reporting crime news.