CRIM 2002 - Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code CRIM 2002 Course Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CRIM 1001 Assumed Knowledge Knowledge of criminological theory Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Criminology students only Course Description This course is concerned with developing a sophisticated understanding of the contested meanings underpinning crime and its control and the manner in which such meanings are intertwined with various different cultural phenomena. The module explores the complex patterns and sites of contest, control and resistance that bisect everyday life. This is achieved through engaging in a detailed consideration of cutting edge theory and research in the fields of cultural criminology. Central to this course are the notions of crime as culture, culture as crime and the media dynamics of crime and control. The course will place criminality, policing, crime prevention, music, advertising, media representations, risk and emotionality in new and exciting contexts. Not only does it consider the social construction of crime, but it also privileges the emotive, exciting and risk-taking nature of certain crimes. The course equips students with the necessary theoretical tools and modes of social inquiry to make sense of a late-modern world permeated by crime and its control.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ruthie O'Reilly
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Evaluate and reflexively utilise theoretical approaches to understanding crime in terms of cultural meanings, representations and contestations.
Critically analyse research that examines the ways in which criminality and its control are intertwined with cultural meanings and representations.
Critically appraise the complex relationships between crime, control and the media.
Identify and analyse the presence of crime and its control across a range of popular cultural phenomena.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesPresdee, M. (2000) Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime. London: Routledge.
Recommended ResourcesFerrell, J., Hayward, K., Morrison, W., & Presdee, M. (eds.) (2004), Cultural Criminology Unleashed. London: Glasshouse Books.
Ferrell, J., Hayward, K. & Young, J. (2008) Cultural Criminology: An Invitation. London: Sage
Ferrell, J. & Sanders, C. (1995) Cultural Criminology. Boston: Northeastern Press.
Hayward, K. (2004) City Limits: Crime, Consumer Culture and the Urban Experience. London: Glasshouse.
Katz, J. (1988) Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York: Basic Books.
Young, J. (2007) The Vertigo of Late Modernity. London: Sage
Crime, Media & Culture (Sage, UK) is a journal dedicated specifically to the kinds of issues covered in this module. This and other journals can be accessed on-line through the library website.
The Aug 2004 (vol. 8) edition of Theoretical Criminology is specifically dedicated to Cultural Criminology.
Referencing, avoiding plagiarism, essay writing and report writing guides from the Writing Centre will be included in the course material. Students with further needs will be directed to the Writing Centre and the ‘Writing and Speaking at Uni’ MyUni course.
Library Pages - The course will have a library page for resources maintained by the GSSA librarian.
Turnitin - Students will be required to upload assignments to Turnitin for plagiarism checking. This can be done before the due date so that they can fix any problems and upload again, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own practice.
Web resources - MyUni will be used to provide students with useful web links to appropriate Human Rights organisations and campaigns for use in researching assignments. MyMedia recording facilities will be required in lecture theatres to enable recording of lectures for external students.
All of the above are standard resources already offered by the University and no extra resource or workload impact on the area is anticipated.
Online LearningStudents will have access to recorded lectures and online discussion boards.
All students will receive announcements and assessment tasks via MyUni it will contain links to the course library page and a list of useful web resources related to the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will provide students with an overview of each week’s material, providing background, clarifying concepts, locating set readings within a larger context, and providing links to further resources. The aim is to provide a map that will enable students to find their bearings within each topic before they commence more independent and collaborative learning.
Seminars will provide the opportunity for more participatory learning. Each week’s seminar will discuss the set readings for the topic and explore their responses to course materials together.
The course will be structured throughout to give students maximum opportunity to share information with their peers, receive feedback, and develop their knowledge through collaboration.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture per week
12 hours per semester
2 x 1-hour seminars per week
24 hours per semester
6 hours reading per week
72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week
24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week
24 hours per semester
Total = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
The rise of cultural criminology
From carnival to carnival of crime
Cultural representations and crime
Crime and the media
Crime, entertainment and creativity
The seductions of crime
Risk-taking, pleasure and crime
Commodification, consumption and crime
Hurt, humiliation and crime
(Per)versions of hate
The criminalisation of subcultures
Popular culture and the ‘demonisation’ of youth
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE will be a feature of the weekly seminars. In reflecting on the concepts and theories introduced in the lectures, students will work in small groups to find answers to key questions, before collaborating with the experienced academic to develop more complex, varied and nuanced responses.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Formative and Summative
Formative and Summative
Formative and Summative
1, 3, 4
Assessment DetailAssessment 1 Online posting of discussion related to lectures and seminars. 20% of marks
A total of 10% of the marks for this course will be awarded for online participation. Students must post comments and engage in discussions on the Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime webpage on the subjects covered in the lectures and seminars.
Assessment 2 Review of a seminal cultural criminology text. 40% of marks
Students will be given a choice of texts from which they must choose one to critically review.
Assessment 3 Critical essay. 40% of marks
Students will be given a choice of elements of popular culture one of which they must critically explore through the prism of cultural criminology.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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