Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Crime, Media And Popular Culture SOCIO5001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description



10 x two hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

In order to take this module you need to have met the requirements for entry into our MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Criminology and Criminal Justice Programme. This means achieving a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Excluded Courses





Students will be offered a choice of one of two options:

(1) Essay of 4,5,000 - 5,000 words (1005) , OR,

(2) Two reviews of 2,500 words each (2 x 50%)

Essays and reviews would have the same deadline (and both reviews would be due at the same time), at the end of the course

Course Aims

The Course aims to:

(1) Provide a grounding and understanding of how media and popular culture represent and engage with crime and criminal justice issues including influencing policy; and, (2) Enable students to participate knowledgeably and critically in debates about crime and popular culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

(1) Demonstrate an understanding of the key theories about media, crime and popular culture in contemporary society; (2) Distinguish and evaluate the different modes and genres of media which participate in representation and circulation of crime and criminal justice messages; and, (3) Use these achievements to assess the role of the arts in penal reform.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits