The Sociology of Deviance and Difference (SCLG2608)


This unit of study focuses on understanding 'deviance' and 'difference' from a sociological perspective. The unit covers a range of theories, from classic sociological theories of deviance to more recent critical theories of difference, and explores the key issues involved in this change of term. These theories are employed to explore a series of areas of contemporary debate in society, including youth subcultures, the construction of outsiders, rebellion, the body, and mental health.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, or equivalent intensive Winter session


Tutorial participation (10%) and 1500wd Research essay (35%) and 2500wd Take-home exercise (55%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Sociology, Anthropology, Gender and Cultural Studies, Socio-legal studies, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013


SCLG2523, SCLG2004

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