Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michelle Duffy


Previously coded SCY2805


The unit focuses on a sociological analysis of deviant behaviour by examining a wide range of empirical case studies. This unit introduces a number of classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on deviance to explore competing understandings of deviant behaviours. The unit considers why and how some behaviours are regarded as deviant and others are not across various historical and social contexts.. Topics to be studied focus on marginality, identity, deviance, crime and social control.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand how deviant behaviours are socially constructed and contested;
  2. Distinguish between sociological and non-sociological explanations of deviant behaviour;
  3. Develop an awareness of different kinds of social control;
  4. Analyse sociological issues concerning marginality, deviance and crime.


Written work (2500 words): 70%
2 hour Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)


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