School Of Social Sciences

Culture and CrimeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101562.4


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
A basic understanding of foundational criminological theory.

Equivalent Units
102710 - Crime, Media, Culture

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 80 credit points

About this Unit
In 2020 this unit replaced by 102710 - Crime, Media, Culture. Contemporary societies are replete with images of crime, including in fiction, the media, film and television. In this unit we explore this phenomenon through the lens of cultural criminology and its interest in the exciting and adrenaline-inducing aspects of crime. We explore the link between culture and crime by looking at both textual/visual and ethnographic research. This means studying the way crime is experienced as ‘thrilling’ not only by those who consume it via images but also by those who actually engage in violent and transgressive conduct. This unit examines the relationship between cultural images of crime, the lived experience of criminal activity and its social and cultural impact.

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