LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Explores the notion of deviance using different sociological perspectives. Students will examine the ways by which morally condemned behaviours come to be defined as deviant, and explore the process by which people, who perform actions perceived as deviant, acquire a certain identity and respond to their label in various ways. In particular, students are encouraged to analyse a number of examples of constructed meaning by drawing on the accounts which various people have used to explain their actions.

Unit content

Topic 1 What is deviance?
Topic 2 Normative and labelling theories
Topic 3 Political economy, postmodernism and feminism
Topic 4 The body
Topic 5 Social control and health
Topic 6 Criminalisation and decriminalisation
Topic 7 Moral panic? The problem of crime
Topic 8 Crime control and prevention
Topic 9 White collar, corporate crime and organised crime
Topic 10 Deviance in cyber space
Topic 11 Revisiting concepts of deviance

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (before each assessment (twice))
Exam: take home50%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (before each assessment (twice))
Exam: take home50%

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