module specification

SC5050 - Crime, Media and Technology (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Crime, Media and Technology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
 
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 40%   In-class discussion
Coursework 60%   Literature review
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

1. Consider the various relationships between media, technology and crime

2. Develop an understanding of the role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime
and criminal justice, with a particular emphasis on marginalised groups

3. Develop an awareness and familiarity with the emerging forms of deviant  
        behaviour facilitated by contemporary technologies and/or the media

4. Provide an overview of the way technologies interact with crime and the criminal
         justice  system

5.       Develop summarising and analytical skills

Module aims

 

 

Syllabus

The module will consider the various relationships between media, technology and crime and will investigate the role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime and criminal justice. LO1,LO2

It will look at how technology both affects and is affected by crime and the criminal justice system and will link forms of deviant behaviour to various forms of technology. Areas studied include the manufacturing of crime news, cybercrime, crime and violence, terrorism and drug taking and technology. LO3,LO4

There will be a heavy focus on reading and in-class discussion based on books and journal articles LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is organised on the basis of three hour workshops per week. Students are expected to undertake approximately 7 hours per week of independent research, study and writing.
Students are encouraged to build their digital literacies and engage with a range of technologies to enhance their learning experience.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the various relationships between media, technology and crime

2. Critically evaluate the ways in which the media influences perceptions and opinions of crime and criminal justice.

3. Link deviant behaviour to various forms of technology and/or media

4. Demonstrate how technologies interact with crime and the Criminal
         Justice System

5.     Summarise, critically analyse and reflect on media research and/or articles

 

Assessment strategy

The first is an analysis and discussion of an academic article or piece of media research. (LOs 1, 5)

The second is a literature review (2000 words) which builds upon the first assessment and requires students summarise, synthesise and analyse a range of chosen readings(LOs 2, 3, and 4)

Bibliography

Core Reading:

Jewkes, Y. (2015) Crime and Media, 3rd edition, London: SAGE Publication

Moore, S.E., (2014). Crime and the Media. Palgrave Macmillan.


Additional Reading:

Cohen, S. (2002) Folk Devils and Moral Panics: the Creation of the Mods and Rockers, 3rd edition, London: Routledge
Greer, C.  (ed.) (2010) Crime and Media: a Reader, London: Routledge, Section Five
Hall, S., Critcher, C., Jefferson, T., Clarke, J., Roberts, B. (1978) Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order, London: Macmillan
Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (2008). Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the mass media. Random House.
Springhall, J. (1998) Youth, Popular Culture and Moral Panics: Penny Gaffs to Gangsta-Rap 1830-1996, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press
Wall, D. S. (2007) Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age. Wiley