Sociology of Social Control

Unit code: ASS2004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit is interested in the regulation of normal and ‘deviant’ citizens, including corporate citizens, in contemporary Western societies. Interrogating the claim that both normality and deviance are 'managed', students are introduced to the ways in which deviance and normality has been thought about, identified and acted upon. Students are introduced to sociological analyses of deviance, and to questions concerning the contribution of sociological investigation to the work of social regulation. Broad topic areas explore normality and deviance in popular culture, and through medicalisation and crime and justice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse processes through which individuals and groups are constructed as 'deviant'.
  2. Appraise key sociological approaches to the study of deviance and social control.
  3. Critically reflect upon sociological approaches to deviance by relating these to contemporary examples.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Exemplify knowledge of key concepts from sessions 1-3 of unit through a set of short answer questions. End of Week 1.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Assessing knowledge of sociological theory and concepts at mid-point. End of Week 2.
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Critically evaluate a key concept from the sociology of deviancy drawing upon a current example. End of Week 3.
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Tutorial portfolio (500 words) Written summary map and short presentation. End of Week 4.

Required reading

The readings and other material for the unit available via VUCollaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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