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Module code: SO240
Credits: 5
Semester: 2
Department: SOCIOLOGY
International: No
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This module will explore the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture. Specifically, we will analyse the ways in which the media construct and frame the problem of crime, and the consequences which flow from such framing. In particular, the focus will be on identifying the key forces involved in shaping whether an issue gets defined as ‘a crime’ in the first place, how it gets defined or framed, and the factors influencing that process. Media spaces – including television, cinema, print media and social media – provide important discursive and visual interpretative grids, lenses and prompts through which people make sense of their everyday experiences but these resources are rarely put forward in a neutral or innocent way. Discourses involves both the written/spoken word and visual representations which work together to produce an ‘interpretative package’ (Gamson & Modigliani 1989). There will be a strong focus on media literacy so that students develop the capacity to evaluate media sources, to recognise bias, to compare levels of reported crime with actual recorded crime and to critically deconstruct prevalent constructions of crime.

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