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ACR204 - Crime, Media and Justice

Year:

2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

ASL205

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mary Iliads
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level

Corequisite:

 Nil

Incompatible with:

ASL205

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit engages with core issues shaping popular perceptions and representations of crime. Crime is literally everywhere in the media. It occupies the majority of prime-time television. It fills the majority of newspapers. But to what extent can we equate what we read, hear or view with the realities of crime? The unit engages with core issues shaping criminology as we unravel the complex relationship between crime, media and justice.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Critically analyse media texts and processes which interact with crime and popular culture in order to evaluate media representations of crime in contrast to the realities of crime

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Critically analyse the crime-media nexus across a range of media sources and in relation to actual case studies of crime, including licit and illicit drugs in Australian society, through digital platforms, individually and in team projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Evaluate the role and relevance of media in influencing official responses to crimes in light of the politics of crime, governing and governance, social justice, citizenship, human rights and a diverse social context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO4

Evaluate the crime-media nexus, including how to create positive change in popular conceptions of crime, and policy responses to crime

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Presentation 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Group) - Assignment 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 9
Assessment 3 - Report 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ACR204
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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