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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Catherine Earl


Previously coded SCY2805


The unit focuses on a sociological analysis of deviant behaviour by examining a wide range of theoretical perspectives on deviance. The unit considers why and how some behaviours are defined as deviant (eg sexual deviance, delinquency, mental disorders) and other important social problems are not (eg speciesism, sexism, racism). The role of social control agents, particularly in relation to young people, will be examined. Topics to be studied focus on both Australian and overseas experience and examples.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand how deviant and moral identities are socially constructed and contested, particularly in the mass media;
  2. Distinguish between sociological and non-sociological explanations of deviant behaviour;
  3. Critically evaluate and apply sociological theories of deviance to specific issues in (Australian) society;
  4. Be informed about different kinds of social control
  5. Present as a written argument a balanced, sociological analysis of issues concerning marginality, deviance and crime.


Written work: 60% (2500 words)
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Catherine Earl

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Criminal justice


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802, or ATS1283 and ATS1284


ATS3734, GSC2205, GSC3205, SCY2805, SCY3805