Units of Study
SCLG2608 - Social Construction of Difference
Semester 1, 2012 | Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Dr 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 (10%), 1x1500wd research essay (35%) and 1x2500wd take-home exam (55%)
unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2, or equivalent intensive Winter session
SCLG1001 and SCLG1002
A timetable is not available for this session.
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