Criminal Justice-COAS | Crime in the Popular Media
P300 | 1617 | Head


This course is designed to examine the way that crime and criminals
have been portrayed throughout the last 70 years in popular movies
and on television.  Crime has always been a favorite source of
material for Hollywood, and we will be exploring the way that the
depiction of criminal activity reflects the social mores of a
particular era.  We will examine how crime and criminals have been
portrayed in each decade by viewing two popular crime films/TV shows
from each decade beginning with the 1930's through the 1980's.

Thus, this course will hve elements of history, sociology, criminal
justice, film criticism, and communications courses.  We will view
and critique several films and television shows in class and
students are also expected to view additional films and television
shows outside of class.

Readings:  Gianetti, Louis "Understanding Movies"
Reading Packet

Requirements:  2 Exams
Journal analyzing movies watched
Short paper (5 pages)

Class Meeting:  One 150 minute class per week.  W, 5:45-8:15, SW 119

Instructor:  Professor Bill Head, Criminal Justice Department