Module code: SOC2067

Module Overview

The relationships between crime and the media have long been the subject of intense debate. This module introduces students to the sociological analysis of crime and its representation in the media. We will examine how crime is portrayed by the media and we ask whether such representations are accurate or distorted and why. We also examine what effects, if any, these representations have on offending and public opinion about crime and on criminal justice

Module provider


Module Leader

AKRIVOS Dimitris (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The media construction of deviance, crime, criminals and criminal justice

  • The relationships between the media portrayals of crime and offending in ‘the real world’ 

  • The impact of media representations on public attitudes towards crime and justice

  • The media’s contribution to criminal justice and crime control

  • Moral panics and the media

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION 30
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the module learning outcomes as follows:

The presentation encourages students to critically engage with the sociological analysis of the representation of crime in the media, focusing on learning objective 1, but also providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate learning outcomes 2 and 3.

The essay enables students to show evidence of all three learning objectives, asking them to demonstrate their understanding of relevant theories of crime and media, by developing an argument which critically engages with relevant literature.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Presentation, in which students are asked to critically reflect on the representation of crime in media. Deadline in week 8.

  • 2,000 word essay on one of the key topics in the course. Deadline in week 12.

Formative assessment and feedback

Seminars will involve group and individual activities. Students will receive ongoing feedback during these sessions, and feedback on on their work on their assignments and progress on the module in individual tutorials.


Module aims

  • Introduce students to the sociological analysis of the representation of crime in the media
  • Familiarise students with debates about the relationship between media, public attitudes and offending
  • Introduce students to the relationship between moral panics and the media

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the construction of media accounts of crime and deviance.
2 Understand the links between the media construction of crime, individual offending and public opinion
3 Understand the links between the media and criminal justice policy

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable students to engage critically with the module content and reading, encouraging active participation and independent thinking.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 11 x 2 hour sessions, each integrating lecture material with interactive discussions and exercises

  • Weekly reading and seminar preparation

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Media and Communication BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.