Units of Study

SCLG2608 - Social Construction of Difference

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Karl Maton


The focus of this unit of study is on the dynamics of the identification of 'difference' in society, including the processes of stigmatisation and demonisation of 'deviants'. The unit focuses on areas such as the debates surrounding the 'welfare underclass', unruly youth, refugees and asylum seekers, trans-gendered persons, the care of the mentally ill, etc. Significant theoretical debates will be addressed, including 'realism' vs. 'social construction', 'defining deviance down' (Moynihan; Hendershott), the 'Broken Windows' thesis (Wilson and Kelling) and Jock Young's theory of 'Essentialising the Other'.


tutorial participation and attendance (5%), 1xannotated bibliography (20%), 1x2000wd essay (35%) and 1xtake-home exam (40%)


unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


SCLG1001 and SCLG1002


SCLG2004, SCLG2523

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