Telecommunications | Honors Seminar in Media & Society
S451 | xxxxx | Grabe, M.

Honors Seminar in Media and Society:
The content and effects of crime stories

Class Number to be announced -
consult the Fall 2006 Schedule of Classes

Mass media content is saturated with crime stories--from Grand Theft
Auto to The Sopranos, news headlines, and song lyrics.  There must
be good and interesting reasons for anything to be this prominent in
mass communication content.  And that's the goal of this course:  To
consider the possible reasons for our fascination with crime and to
investigate which themes and myths underlie crime stories in media.
According to the media, does crime pay?  Who are the victims,
criminals, and good forces countering crime?  How do these
portrayals correspond to crime in the non-mediated world?  We will
also explore what mass communication research tells us about the
effects of crime narratives on media audiences.

We will watch and discuss crime stories--across many media channels
and genres--in class.  Because it is a seminar, participation in
these conversations are important.  The instructor will give class
presentations to get the dialogue going.

Students will be required to do individual (short papers) and group
work (research project).  The class will meet on Tuesdays and
Thursdays form 9:30am to 10:45am in TV 226.

Prerequisite: consent of the departmental honors advisor