This topic draws on popular culture and the meditated nature of our contemporary digital world to explore how we encounter crime. The topic engages with a vast array of phenomenon (e.g. crime fiction, feature and documentary films, Social Media, museum exhibits and memorial spaces) to explore the ways that crime is packaged, represented and consumed. We also encounter crime (or remnants of crime) in the pages of magazines, when on holiday (e.g. dark tourism) and in our leisure time (e.g. when playing computer games that are organised around the theme of crime). This topic prompts students to appreciate that sensory exposure to crime permeates our lives. It seeks to empower students to appreciate the complexities and contradictions at play when they encounter crime when engaging with the world they live in.
This topic aims to: