critically analys the arguments that have been made in relation to the existence of a ‘CSI Effect’

Field of study is Sociology of Forensic Sciences and Technologies;

Forensic sciences in the media – The CSI effect and beyond

This lecture describes media portrayal of forensic sciences in real life and fictional cases. There has been much (probably too much) media interest in the fictional portrayal of forensic science in popular crime shows such as CSI, where it has been argued that CSI may have an effect on jury decisions. There is now a substantial literature on the CSI effect . However, at least since the time of Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes, the fictional forensic detective has been hugely influential in our cultural imagination We review an analysis of this literature and research on the supposed effect. In addition to the effects of fictional portrayals of forensic sciences the lecture explores wider media effects e.g. beliefs as to the power of DNA analysis amongst the public and amongst prison populations.

Lecture and Seminar Readings

Core Reading
G. Cavender, G. and S.K. Deutsch (2007) CSI and moral authority: The police and science, Crime, Media, Culture, 3(1), 67-81. (To be posted on Blackboard)
S.A. Cole, S. A. and R. Diosa-Villa (2007) CSI and its effects: Media, juries and the burden of proof, New England Law Review, 41, 435-470. Available at (Click on Download then click on SSRN)
M.D. Mann (2006) The CSI Effect: Better Jurors through television and science?, Berkeley Electronic Press Legal Repository. Available at
K. Podlas, (2006) The CSI Effect: Exposing the media myth, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, 16, 429-465. Available at

Supplementary Reading
B. Prainsack, and M. Kitzberger (2009) DNA Behind Bars: Other Ways of Knowing Forensic DNA Technologies , Social Studies of Science, 39, 51-79. (To be posted on Blackboard)

Is there evidence for a CSI effect and, if so, what form(s) does it take?

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