Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nick Osbaldiston


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. Critically evaluate sociological theories of deviance;
  5. Analyse empirical case studies of marginality, deviance and crime.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802 or ATS1283 and ATS1284


ATS2734, GSC2205, GSC3205, SCY2805, SCY3805