Students examine the interrelationships between crime, criminal justice, and mass media, with
particular attention to how the media represents, distorts, and/or filters crime and justice
issues. Topics will include media portrayal of police, courts, corrections, and how various forms
of media shape public perceptions about crime, the criminal justice system, and criminal justice
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify and apply theoretical foundations for explaining crime and the media
- Assess the role of the media in perceptions of crime and justice issues and policies.
- Describe and analyze the common links between media portraits and criminal justice actors,
issues, and policies.
- Evaluate and interpret information in the media related to crime and justice.
- Explain the role of a public criminologist and create a public criminology media strategy.
- Design and carry out research to examine media representations of crime and justice.
CRIM 4121 includes the following 12 modules:
- Public Criminology
- Understanding the Media I
- Understanding the Media II
- Crime & Criminality I
- Crime & Criminality II
- The Media and the Criminal Justice System I
- The Media and the Criminal Justice System II
- The Media and the Criminal Justice System III
- Media and Crime Control
- The Media and Criminal Justice Policy
- New Media, Crime, and Justice
- Media, Crime, and Justice in the 21st Century
Required text and materials
Surette, R. (2015). Media, crime, and criminal justice: Images, realities, and policies.
(5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-285-45905-9
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: News article critique
|Assignment 2: Article critique
|Assignment 3: New Media Project
|Assignment 4: Research Paper
|Final Examination *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.