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This subject analyses the nature of social order and how need for order brings an inevitable consequence that deviance and non-conformity will result. Classical and contemporary sociological and criminological theories are explored that help explain the nature of social order and crime and deviance. Each theory is developed through grounded examples that can illustrate both its strengths and weaknesses. Topics covered in the course include suicide, industrial disasters, religious cults, sexual assault, racism, terrorism and the witchcraze of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Understand how social order shapes crime and deviance;
- Understand how individual experience and behaviour influences and is influenced by the broader social environment;
- Understand the contribution of a range of sociological theories to the problems of order, disorder, crime and deviance;
- Be able to apply a range of sociological theories to specific challenges associated with order, disorder, crime and deviance.
- Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Last updated: 22 November 2023