Sociology and Criminology

Power, Deviance and Othering

Module code: L4018B
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module falls into two parts. In the first part, the concepts of crime, deviance and social control will be considered alongside the exploration of the sociological explanations for the existence of crime and deviance in society. The module will also critically examine the data sources used to support these perspectives. In the second part of the module, these perspectives will be applied to the study of substantive areas of deviance comprising institutions of social control (the police, the courts and prisons); the distribution of crime and the use of official statistics; the mass media; juvenile delinquency; mental illness; and sexuality.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in the sociology of crime and deviance
  • Compare examples of deviance in different societies and contexts
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence on crime and deviance in society
  • Critically evaluate competing explanations for crime and deviance in writing