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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3035: Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The central aims of the module are to enable you to develop an understanding of and critically explore the cultural dimensions and significance of deviance; to use theoretical concepts and modes of reasoning from a range of different disciplinary perspectives to do so; to reflect critically on and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different disciplinary perspectives. The module seeks to go beyond orthodox social science accounts of deviance which cast deviance as reducible to ‘hard’ social-structural variables on the one hand, and individual-centred ‘psychological’ factors on the other.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the current state of cultural criminological, cultural sociological and social and cultural anthropological debates related to deviance
2. Show a comprehensive and critical understanding of specific issues related to the understanding of deviance – such as performativity, punishment, subcultures, embodiment – based on criminological, sociological and anthropological literature.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. link theoretical concepts with empirical examples and case studies;
4. Show competence in critically assessing claims about deviance using sociological and cultural theory
Personal and Key Skills5. Critically engage with and communicate theoretical ideas clearly both orally and in writing;
6. work independently and in groups, within a limited time frame, to complete self-directed and group-based tasks