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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of a sociological approach to the study of deviance;
- demonstrate understanding of the nature of deviance, its definition(s), and its impact(s) on 'deviants' and the wider society, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
- critically examine the links between the sociological study of deviance and the discipline of criminology;
- independently examine the effect of folk and professional conceptions of 'deviance' and 'deviants' on social, criminal, welfare, and business policies in law and government programs; and
- apply knowledge and observational skills to explain why certain behaviours are considered deviant and analyse the reactions of others to those behaviours.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
No eligibility requirements
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Travel requirements - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
Deviance - the breaching of social judgements or norms - is a universal and ubiquitous phenomenon, fundamental to studies in sociology and criminology. We all make social judgements and we are all judged by others but such judgements are relative and constructed. Different societies, sub-cultures and even individuals have different views on what is right and wrong; and the kinds of behaviours, beliefs and bodies that are labelled as 'deviant' depend upon their historical, social, and cultural context. This subject will explore the social construction of deviance in relation to gender, sexuality, race, bodies, minds, drug-use and violence, and students will learn to use the concept of deviance as a means of critically analysing society.
Discussion Participation: 500 words. Assessment Notes: On-campus students will be assessed on participation in class discussion; online students will be assessed on postings to Moodle discussion forums. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5. Essay: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Essay Plan: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Online Quizzes. 500 words. Assessment Notes: 10 topic quizzes. Students will be marked on their best 5 quizzes, worth 2% each, to attain a maximum total of 10% for the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5. Take Home Exam: 2hrs 15mins. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5.
- Discussion Participation (10%)
- Essay (40%)
- Essay Plan (10%)
- Online Quizzes (10%)
- Take Home Exam (30%)