In Area of Study 1 students explore the concept of deviance. There are different explanations of what constitutes deviant behaviour. Generally, it is defined as involving actions that are considered to be outside the normal range of behaviour according to the majority of members of a society. Students investigate the functionalist, interactionist, social control and positive theories of deviance. Students also explore the phenomenon known as moral panic. This refers to the belief that a subculture or group poses a threat to the social values and culture of broader society. The event is often presented in a stereotypical fashion by the mass media.
This unit is delivered in Year 11.
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