module specification

IF3063 - Media, Crime and 'Race' (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Media, Crime and 'Race'
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 135
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 100%   Oral assessment
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module aims to:

1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further     develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.


The syllabus will introduce students to the broad topics of media, crime and deviance and ‘race’ and racism.  Content will be provided through a range of formats, with students required to engage with academic journals, newspaper articles, film, music video and documentary.

The module uses a ‘guided discovery’ approach rather than lecture based delivery and seeks to develop independent study skills and will focus on student-centered learning, with ideas generated and developed through reading, extensive discussion, viewing and critical reflection and analysis.

Students will be encouraged to develop and expand their own ideas through engagement with scholarly work.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through teacher-led classes, discussion, group work and tutorials (60 hrs).
Students will also engage in ongoing self-directed study to enable them to improve their reading and writing skills and complete required assessment components (90 hrs).
Module information including module booklet and assessment details is available on WebLearn. Blended learning resources such as homework tasks, reading resources, study support resources and web links are also on WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues relating to the media, crime and ‘race’ through reading and class-based discussion.

2. Summarise and critically respond to a range of texts through oral discourse.

3. Participate and engage fully in seminar discussions, using digital and academic sources to support their arguments.


There is no core reading.
All essential readings will be provided either during the session as a photocopy or via Weblearn.

If you are interested in reading around any of the topics covered these are some suggestions:

Chomsky – Propaganda Model

Giddens, A. (2009) Sociology (Polity Press, Cambridge)

Greer – News Media

Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (2010). Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the mass media. Random House.

Jewkes’ overview -

Muncie, J. (2009) Youth and Crime, 3rd edition, London: SAGE Publications
Pilkington, A. Yeo, A. & Haralambos, M. (2009) Sociology in Focus For AQA A2 level

Rodman, G. B. (Ed.). (2014). The Race and Media Reader.

Rowe, M. (2012). Race & Crime. SAGE Publications.

Springhall, J. (1998) Youth, Popular Culture and Moral Panics: Penny Gaffs to Gangsta-Rap 1830-1996, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press