California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: April 8, 2004
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
* * * * * Week 13: Week of April 11, 2004
Topic: Media as a Cause of Crime
- Surette. Media, crime, and criminal justice. -- Chapter 5.
- Merlo and Benekos. What's wrong with the criminal justice system: Ideology, Politics and the Media. -- no chapter readings this week.
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing crime. -- no chapter readings this week.
Lecture related links:
--- Sociology of Knowledge Files . --- Check out this link -- Ray Surette's website ( found by Bettie Poole).
Concepts to be covered:
- media effect on aggression
- Ronald Aker's social learning theory
- copycat crime
- relationship between terrorism and the media
- What should be done about the media's ability to generate copycat crimes? Why. (S:154)
- What should society's policy be regarding sexual media, violent media, sexually violent media? (S:154)
- Discuss whether or not copycat crimes are increasing. Why. (S:154)
- Discuss how to best handle an ongoing terrorist hostage-taking event. What information should be released, and what access and restrictions should be imposed on the media? Why. (S:154)
- What factors do you feel are more important than the media as causes of crime? Do you think the media will become more or less important as a cause in the future? Why?
Suggested Creative Activities:
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
Indymedia - BBC News - New Profile - Progressive Sociologists Network
Minimum Requirements for Week 13: