SC5050 - Crime, Media and Technology (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Crime, Media and Technology|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2020/21||
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
5. Develop summarising and analytical skills
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.
1. Analyse the various relationships between media, technology and crime2. 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 media4. Demonstrate how technologies interact with crime and the Criminal
5. Summarise, critically analyse and reflect on media research and/or articles
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)
Jewkes, Y. (2015) Crime and Media, 3rd edition, London: SAGE Publication
Moore, S.E., (2014). Crime and the Media. Palgrave Macmillan.
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