Module details for Screening Crime: From Detectives to Serial Killers

Description

This module provides students with a critical analysis of the socio-ideological discourses contained in popular cultural narratives that deal with crime, justice, punishment and morality.

Aims

Provide students with: 1. A critical understanding of the key socio- ideological themes contained within such narratives. 2. Understand how such narratives contribute to wider discourses about crime, punishment and law and order.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate some knowledge of the ways in which social change influences the type of narratives that are produced.

2.  Understand the differences between types of narrative and how they may relate to a range of socio-ideological viewpoints.

3.  Understand how such narratives contribute to forms of symbolic punishment and the construction of moral boundaries.

Indicative Content

1 Morbid Fascination

The social world, crime and culture.

2 Popular Culture and Ideologies of Crime

The criminal body to the social body in accounts of crime.

3 The emergence of the detective

Modernity and the rise of the detective, from the science of deduction to the hard-boiled tradition and beyond.

4 Crime and the City

The construction of the city as criminogenic; surveillance and danger.

5 Punishment, Order and Justice

Law versus order, retribution and justice.

6 Moral Orders

The criminal as an ambivalent figure, serial killers and modernity.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 36
Assessment 30
Independent 100
Total 200



Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


Disclaimer

We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.