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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

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically analyse sociological perspectives about the nature of deviance in a changing societyIntellectual rigour
2identify the formal and informal processes by which people come to be regarded as being deviant in terms of power relations within societyKnowledge of a discipline
3recognise the problems and uncertainties which are associated with people being cast as deviantCreativity
4relate some examples of contemporary deviant behaviours to processes of personal and societal change.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse sociological perspectives about the nature of deviance in a changing society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. identify the formal and informal processes by which people come to be regarded as being deviant in terms of power relations within society
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. recognise the problems and uncertainties which are associated with people being cast as deviant
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. relate some examples of contemporary deviant behaviours to processes of personal and societal change.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Roach Anleu, S, 2006, Deviance, Conformity and Control, 4th edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW. ISBN: 0-7339-7447-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour  (12 weeks )
Lecture online 30 minutes/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: take home50%
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Fee information

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