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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
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Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: April 7, 2005
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 13: Week of April 10, 2005
Topic: Media as a Cause of Crime
- April 11th -- Fall 2005 registration begins.
- April 22nd, beginning of class -- ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE. Materials submitted late will NOT be accepted.
- May 6th - Last Day of Class
Preparatory Readings & Other Materials:
- Surrette. Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice. -- Chapter 5.
- Documentary: segments from "Bowling for Columbine" (to be shown in class).
- Merlo and Benekos. What's Wrong with the Criminal Justice System? -- Chapter --.
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing Crime -- Chapter ___.
Lecture related links:
- Check out this link -- Ray Surette's website
- W.I. Thomas' concept definition of the situation
- Metaphor and Theory. Read the Blind Men and the Elephant fable. Think about how this fable relates to the course.
- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Concepts to be covered:
- media effect on aggression
- Ronald Aker's social learning theory
- copycat crime
- relationship between terrorism and the media
- media effect on aggression
- What should be done about the media's ability to generate copycat crimes? Why. (S:154)
- What should society's policy be regarding sexual media, violent media, sexually violent media? (S:154)
- What are the media effects on aggression? Why.
- Discuss whether or not copycat crimes are increasing. Why. (S:154)
- Discuss how to best handle an ongoing terrorist hostage-taking event. What information should be released, and what access and restrictions should be imposed on the media? Why. (S:154)
- What factors do you feel are more important than the media as causes of crime? Do you think the media will become more or less important as a cause in the future? Why?
- Trace a recent example of a copycat crime. Why is this example considered a copycat crime? What case was copied? Why.
- Are there any movies or television shows which were mentioned as being "copied" by an individual or group? Why.
- Is the media doing anything about preventing copycat crimes? Provide some examples to illustrate your point.
- Note: Creative measures must: 1) focus on "media, crime, and criminal justice." 2) Must be pre-approved. 3) Cannot be something that you are doing for another course. 4) Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works.
- Sheila Brown. Crime and the Law in Media Culture..
- Ronald Akers. Deviant Behavior: A Social Learning Approach.
- A. Bandura.Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis.
- Lawrence Lessig. Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford University, has made his book free online.
- Herbert Schiller. Information Inequality.
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