Criminal Justice-coas | Crime in the Media
P680 | 1176 | 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 1990's.

Thus, this course will have 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

Instructor:	Professor Bill Head, Criminal Justice Department