JST338 Crime, Media and Culture (8)

This subject introduces students to the relationship between the criminal justice system and media and culture. Students will examine key criminological and media theories as applied to the relationship between media and crime, including representations of vulnerability, gender, race and class. This subject will also look at representations of crime in fiction. Students will analyse the representations of offenders, police, crime, prisons and the courts in image and text. The subject will also look at the impact of social media on the perception and representation of the criminal justice system


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST338. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and critically analyse relationships between media and the criminal justice system;
  • be able to critically discuss and analyse representations of crime, offenders, police, prisons, courts and the criminal justice system in both the media and in fiction;
  • be able to critically engage with key theories of crime, media and culture;
  • be able to demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to crime, media and culture;
  • be able to articulate their understanding clearly and cogently;
  • be able to use the work of major theorists and authors to inform their understanding;
  • be able to demonstrate a growing professional awareness by being professional in all communications and conduct with academic staff and other students, and through presentation of assignments


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topics such as: introduction to crime, media and culture; cultural constructions of crime; key theories; law and order politics and the media; the media and victims; class, race and gender in the media; the CSI effect; policing procedural drama, the courtroom and the trial in fiction, iconography and resistance, impact of media and fiction on responses to crime; journalism and academic writing, impact of social media will be covered.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST338 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Blog post 1
Online test
Blog post 2
Blog post 3
Blog post 4
Research task

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.