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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Sex Sexuality and Popular Culture
Module Code CM580
School School of Communications

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Debbie GingOffice NumberC179
Level 5 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
1) To introduce students to the key theories by which sociologists have sought to define and explain crime and conflict in modern society. 2) To critically examine the representations of crime and conflict in the media and to determine whether such representations are an accurate or distorted reflection of reality.3) To critically examine the effects (if any) of such representations on the public and by extension, judicial policy.

Learning Outcomes
Students will have gained: 1) A sociologically grounded understanding of crime and conflict.2) A critical understanding of the role of media in shaping society and social norms.

Indicative Time Allowances
Independent Learning Time 150

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
1) Definitions and categorisation of crime and deviance.2) Durkheim''s concept pf Anomie and Suicide.3) Merton''s theory of Social Structure and Anomie.4) Sutherland''s theory of Differential Association and white-collar crime. 5) Labelling Theory and the socio-cultural creation of crime. 6) Sub-cultural perspective on crime and conflict.7) Crime in Ireland: Explanations and measurement of.8) Reporting Crime: News values and sources.9) Political Crime: The Northern conflict and media censorship.10) Moral Panics: Racism as social conflict.11) Crime and Public Opinion: Cultivation Analysis and Zero Tolerance. 12) Containing Dissent: ''Terrorism and the spiral of silence''.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Hagan, J: Crime and Disrepute. Pine Forge Press, California, 1994. McCullagh, C: Crime in Ireland: A Sociological Introduction. UP, Cork, 1996.
Programme or List of Programmes
MASSMA in Sexuality Studies