- History of Media and Crime
- Images of Crime and Criminality
- Claims and Claimsmakers
- Moral Panics
- Media and the Criminal Justice System
- Social Constructionism
- Social Construction of Crime and Justice
- The Role of Media
- Content and Imagery
- Criminal Justice Ideologies
- Gender and Sexuality
- Race and Socioeconomic Status
- Violence and Aggression
- Consequences of Crime
- Media as a Cause
- Media as a Cure
- Case Studies
- Media Portrayals of the Criminal Justice in Action
- Media and Criminal Justice Policy
- Social Construction of Criminal Justice Policy
- Public Agenda
- Political Efforts and Responses
- Media Research
- Current Issues
- Reality TV
- Copycat Crimes
- CSI Effect
- Penal Populism
- Disinformation/Fake News
- Media Relations
This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- Seminar presentations
- Small group discussions
- Research projects
- Research papers
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outlines with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on some of the following:
- Short answer tests
- Oral presentation
- Research project/term project
- Class participation/group discussion
- Journal assignment/weekly questions
- Group project
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
10 @ 2.5% each
|Individual Application Presentation||15%|
- Describe varying portrayals of crime and deviance in media.
- Critically identify different types of media and media content.
- Examine media’s role in reporting and explaining crime.
- Employ qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to investigate the relationship between media, crime and the criminal justice system.
- Critique crime and criminal justice content in news and entertainment media.
- Analyze the media’s influence on public attitudes and perceptions of crime and criminality.
- Examine the media’s influence on formal responses to crime and deviance.
- Explain the consequences of bias, spin and framing on public understanding of crime and the criminal justice system.
- Assess relevant theoretical perspectives of crime and deviance and the media.
- Analyze the importance of the interplay between mass media, entertainment news and criminal justice operations.
- Critically evaluate how deviance and crime are created and maintained by the media and agents of social control.
- Deconstruct media imagery as it relates to crime and criminal justice.
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
- Surette, Ray. (2015). Media, Crime and Criminal Justice: Images, Realities, and Policies (5th ed. ). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
- Jewkes, Yvonne. (2015). Media and Crime (3rd ed.). London: SAGE.
- jewkes, Yvonne and Travis Linnemann. (2018). Media and Crime in the U.S. California: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- McCormick, Chris. (1995). Constructing Danger: The Mis/Representation of crime in the News. Halifax: Fernwood.
- Chomsky, Noam. (1989). Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies. Toronto: CBC.
- Muraskin, Roslyn and Domash, Shelly Feuer. (2007). Crime and the Media: Headlines vs. Reality. Pearson: New Jersey.
- Boyle, Karen. (2005). Media and Violence. London: SAGE.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU CRJS 2XX (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CRIM 2205 (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CRIM 2XXX (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 412 (3)||2012/01/01 to 2017/12/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 4XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CRIM 3XXX (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU HUMA 4XX (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO SOCI 2nd (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CRIM 416 (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SOCI 3XX (1.5)||2012/01/01 to -|