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CRIM11-114: Media Criminology May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides skills to assess the ways 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, representations of prisons and prisoners, as well as laws relating to contempt and defamation. You will study empirical evidence from media criminology, investigative reporting, and the psychological and sociological issues relating to high profile crime reporting. You will develop personal and professional understandings of both legacy (newspapers and television) and new media (social media platforms), and the subject explores specific media such as podcasts, streamed fiction series, documentaries, movies, and gaming. 

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:CRIM11-114
Subject title:Media Criminology
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • Katrina Clifford,Rob White (2017). Media and Crime. 1st, Oxford University Press, USA , 304.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ?

Nil

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories, concepts and research methods in the field of media criminology.
  2. Apply theories and empirical evidence to critically assess the ways forms of media cover crime and justice issues.
  3. Interpret ethical standards and codes of practice as they relate to media-crime items and issues.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Take-home Test Analyse a crime-media item by answering 5 questions online over a one week period 50% Week 7 1, 2, 3.
Presentation Individual oral analysis of a crime-media issue/case delivered in-class, online or using voice-over powerpoint 50% In Consultation 1, 2, 3.
  • * 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.

Assessment criteria

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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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Discuss mediated experience, the mediascape and the crime-media nexus, structure of course and assessment details.

1, 2.

Consider media coverage of the CJS (police, courts, corrections), victims and offenders, media criminology and media effects.

1, 2, 3.

Reflect on theoretical and conceptual explanations of the ways media socially construct knowledge of crime and justice matters.

1, 2.

Examine the Australian media landscape as producers, consumers and prosumers, plus media units and information gatekeepers.

1, 2.

Appraise contempt and defamation laws, embargoes and suppression orders, cameras in court, and juror use of social media.

1, 2, 3.

Probe privacy issue, paid comment, code of ethics, and media regulatory bodies.

1, 2, 3.

Explore newsworthiness and framing for specific groups (youth, Indigenous, religious) and the consequences.

1, 2, 3.

Review concepts such as fear of crime, crime waves and media panics and their ramifications.

1, 2.

Debate aggression and violence theories, empirical research on the copycat phenomenon and CSI effect, and those offences and offenders ignored.

1, 2.

Consider advances in technology in crime and justice settings, surveillance culture, new media, and performance crime.

1, 2, 3.

Analyse global media coverage of transnational and international crimes, cyber and environmental crimes, and risks of crime reporting.

1, 2, 3.

Contemplate citizen journalism, media pluralities and ownership, media 'silences', and digital divides.

1, 2, 3.
Approved on: Mar 8, 2022. Edition: 3.1