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    A detailed study of a particular media genre, or genres, such as film noir, science fiction, horror, the musical.

    An introduction to theories of genre and methods of genre analysis. This year we undertake an in-depth study of crime through a wide range of media forms. We will investigate stylistic, thematic, philosophical, psychological, and historical elements of crime, the complexities of the appeal of crime media, the intersections of crime media with other genres, and crime media’s relationship to cultural and social contexts.

    About this paper

    Paper title Media Genres
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 FIME or MFCO points
    FIME 203
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
    Teaching staff

    Teaching staff, convener and lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell

    Paper Structure

    The paper charts the mediation of crime through a wide range of media forms.

    Topics include:

    • The history of crime media
    • The true crime podcast
    • The crime film
    • Crime TV
    • Gender and crime media
    • Crime and race
    • Crime and class
    • Crime and social media
    Teaching Arrangements
    Two lectures and one screening per week.
    Readings will be available on Blackboard.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this paper, you should be able to:

    • Describe major developments in genre theory.
    • Understand important conventions and patterns in crime media both generally and in its historical variants.
    • Understand the ways that crime media has been studied and interpreted from a variety of theoretical perspective.
    • Analyze media genre, and specifically the crime genre, drawing on a range of methods.
    • Understand key theoretical, methodological, and analytical issues raised by the study of media genres in general and crime in particular.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Film Screening

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Monday 15:00-15:50 30-32, 35, 38, 40
    T2 Thursday 16:00-16:50 30-32, 35, 38, 40
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