CULT 3020 Representing Crime
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 101005
Coordinator Sara Knox Opens in new window
Description This subject deals with the evolution of the figure of the detective and of the criminal; the development of an aesthetics of crime from the later 18th Century; the dynamic nature of fiction, film and television genres of detection. Literatures of sensation, detective fictions, true crime writing and the non-fiction novel will all be examined to allow an in-depth analysis of the changing ethical and psychological character of the detective, and of his nemeses. The crime story in film, television and in other new media may also be addressed to facilitate an analysis of changing cultural contexts for the crime story.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects LGYC 1299 - Representing Crime
Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of theories of crime fiction in the context of debates about violence, modernity and popular culture;
- Build analytical capacities in relation to concepts of genre, and the interdependence of different generic forms;
- Identify change and continuity in discourses around crime from the later 19th to the early 21st century;
- Analyse the relationship between textual forms of different media in the representation of crime and the figure of criminal and the detective.
Content may vary between semesters of offering dependent on the teaching staff expertise and interests. Content may draw from, or elaborate upon, the following pool of topics:
- Contemporary crime fiction
- The relationship between crime fiction and its readers.
- Literatures of sensation
- The Forensic Imagination
- True crime: modern genres
- The non-fiction crime novel
- Crime narrative, visual and oral culture
- The Spectacle of the criminal trial
- Moral panic around dangerous classes of persons
- The fame and infamy of the serial killer
- Storytelling and Crime
- Crime and Punishment in history
- Invasion, dispossession and genocide
- War crimes
- School shootings
- Violence against asylum seekers
- Family violence
- Performing violence
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Weekly Quiz||4 questions - 15 minutes||20||N||Individual|
|Workshop Exercise||One page||15||N||Group|
|Media Performance||5 minutes||15||N||Group|
|Written Assignment||1,500 words||50||N||Individual|
- A book of primary readings prepared by the subject coordinator.