CRIM 3003 - The Carnival of Crime

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRIM 3003
    Course The Carnival of Crime
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    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 6 units of Level I CRIM courses
    Incompatible CRIM 2002
    Assumed Knowledge Knowledge of criminological theory
    Assessment Online discussion posts (20%), textual analysis (40%), critical essay (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ruthie O'Reilly

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Evaluate and reflexively utilise theoretical approaches to understanding crime in terms of cultural meanings, representations and contestations.
    2. Critically analyse research that examines the ways in which criminality and its control are intertwined with cultural meanings and representations.
    3. Critically appraise the complex relationships between crime, control and the media.
    4. 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
    1, 2
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    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 10 hours per semester
    2 x 1-hour seminars per week 20 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 30 hours per semester

    3.6 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per semester
    3 hours research per week 30 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary
    1 The rise of cultural criminology
    2 From carnival to carnival of crime
    3 Cultural representations and crime
    4 Crime and the media
    5 Crime, entertainment and creativity
    6 The seductions of crime
    7 Risk-taking, pleasure and crime
    8 (Per)versions of hate
    9 Hurt, humiliation and crime
    10 States of Impunity
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Online discussion posts (10%)
    Seminar participation (10%)
    Textual analysis (40%)
    Critical Essay (40%)

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The 10% seminar participation grade has thus been shifted to the final essay meaning the Final Essay is now worth 50% of the total grade. There is no grading for seminar participation.
    Assessment Detail
    Online discussion posts - Students must post comments and engage in discussions on the Culture, Communication and the Carnival of Crime webpage on the subjects covered in the weekly readings. (10%)

    Seminar participation - Students are required to participate in weekly group discussions in the first hour of the seminar. The second hour is devoted to working in small groups to devise and present answers (to questions drawn from the weekly readings) to the seminar group. (10%)

    Textual Analysis Review of seminal cultural criminology texts - Students will be a given a range of key texts from which they must answer a set question. 1500 words. (40%)

    Critical Essay - Students will be given a choice of elements of popular culture one of which they must critically explore through the prism of cultural criminology. 2500 words. (40%)

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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