Postgraduate Course: Media and Crime (LAWS11100)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Students taking this course will study media representations of crime and responses to crime (such as policing and punishment).
The course will study both non-fictional and fictional representations, exploring theoretical models of the workings of the media (both sociological and political), as well as specific study of the ways in which crime is portrayed, discussed and consumed in different media genres. Genres to be examined include newspapers (local and national), television news, television documentaries, radio, movies, and the Internet. Genres will be studied by focusing on specific instances (for example, a specific television show, newspaper, or newspaper report) of each kind, with materials being available in the Law Library, on LEARN and via the Internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Review Essay (50%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- By the end of the course, students will be able to explain and assess some leading theories of the workings and social effects of the media,
- be able to identify, examine, describe and discuss various different examples of depiction of crime (and related activities) as found in different media genres.
- apply media theories to specific examples, and explain and assess the results.
- acquire sufficient knowledge and skills in the subject area as to subsequently be able to conduct independent but guided research for the purposes of writing an MSc dissertation on a topic in the area.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Media crime policing reporting news television cinema Internet
|Course organiser||Dr Gemma Flynn
Tel: (0131 6)50 9510
|Course secretary||Miss Maree Hardie
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588