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2021-2022 On Campus Catalog 
2021-2022 On Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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CJ 314 - Crime and Justice in the Media

Credits: 4 credits

Examines depictions of the criminal justice system in both fiction and non-fiction media, including newspapers, TV news, podcasts, music, books, TV shows, and movies.  It covers topics such as media bias, moral panic, the CSI effect, and general procedural and factual inaccuracies.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:


  1. Discuss the role of the media in forming and spreading moral panic
  2. Analyze various media for inaccuracies regarding the criminal justice system
  3. Examine the biases held bu various new organizations and their effect on public opinion
  4. Discuss why these inaccuracies and biases are so prevalent in media
  5. Present in verbal and/or written form a factually correct podcast or news story about a specific criminal justice event

Frequency of Offering:
Spring Semester- odd years

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