Crime and Culture

Subject 191-315 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

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Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of second year criminology subjects.
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Prof A Young
Subject Overview:

Cinema and television have become immensely popular and influential cultural forms. This subject investigates the relationship between crime and culture by focusing on representations of crime and justice in film and television. The subject considers these representations in the context of recent debates about the cultural construction of crime in criminology, socio-legal studies, cultural studies and film theory. It will develop the skills necessary for analyzing images of crime and justice in film and television and will also examine a number of case studies (including television crime drama; trial movies; the cultural fascination with the serial killer; youth culture, hip hop and graffiti; and the cinematic depiction of violence and gender).

Assessment: A written essay of 4000 words on a topic set by the coordinator or on the student's selected topic in consultation with the coordinator 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;

  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications.


Formerly available as 191-428 Crime and Culture. students who have completed 191-428 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Cultural Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies)

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