lst2dde drugs, deviance



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Ideas of deviance have been central to criminological thought since its inception, and they have informed the development of law and policy. Deviance boasts intimate relationships with both drugs and delinquency, as sites of social anxiety and regulation. In this subject, students explore shifting trends in the conceptualisation of deviance in classical and contemporary sociology and criminology. They will also examine how these ideas have been implemented in the governing of the social world. A series of case studies will be used, particularly drug control and delinquency. Other case studies will vary, but may include: gangs, terrorism, mental illness and violence. On successful completion of this subject, students will have a strong grounding in an area of specific criminological expertise and a critical understanding of the way in which sociological and criminological ideas are used to address perceived social problems.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKirsty Duncanson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities or Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LST3DDE,LST2DLS,LST3DLS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the library.PrescribedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clearly and briefly explain a theory of deviance.

Speak about deviance and debates concerning specific case studies in tutorial discussions, assessed tutorial exercises and presentations.

02. Evaluate and compare diverse positions pertinent to relevant case studies and arguments about deviance.

Lectures, tutorial activities and discussions. encyclopedia entries. Research essay. Tutorial assessments and presentations.

03. Present a sustained and complex written argument concerning a theory of deviance and a case study.

Writing research essay

04. Summarise research concerning relevant case studies and arguments in the theorising of deviance.

Writing encylopedia entries summarising theories of deviance. Tutorial exercises and discussion. Research essay. Presentations.

05. Work effectively in groups as a group member to explore the concept of deviance.

Tutorial discussion. Collaboration with peers to prepare and produce assessable tutorial exercises and presentations.

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