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PUAF U8356 Crime, Journalism, and Public Policy. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, TMAC
Fall 2017 Course Dates: Oct. 18 - Dec. 6; Course cannot be taken pass/fail

Crime narratives have dominated news coverage from the beginning of mass communication.  This course examines the prominence and impact of these crime narratives on citizens and public policy.  We will explore how reports of crime have been harnessed to advance political, governmental and ideological objectives for centuries.  We will study the power of mass communication and the impact that crime events can have on public policy and crime legislation.  We will examine what responsibilities (if any) media organizations, individual journalists, media consumers, legislators, government officials should assume when producing, consuming and otherwise engaging highly publicized crime events.  The objective of the course is to provide historical and theoretical background (criminological, journalistic, political and legal) to critically analyze the dynamic interaction among criminal events, the media, and policymakers.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 78450 Cory Way W 11:00am - 12:50pm
407 International Affairs Bldg