Not available in 2020/21
Crime, Deviance and Control

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ioanna Gouseti


This course is available on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course encourages students to think about and debate some of the major issues in Criminology and the Sociology of Deviance. We explore the social construction of crime and deviance; the different sources of information about them; key factors that shape patterns, perspectives and experiences of crime and deviance, including social class, gender, ethnicity and the media; and different Criminological theories that have been used to explain crime and deviance. We also explore elements of social control including policing and prisons.


6 hours of lectures, 6 hours of classes and 8 hours of workshops in the MT. 6 hours of lectures, 6 hours of classes and 8 hours of workshops in the LT. 2 hours of workshops in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are required to complete two formative essays – one in MT and one in LT

Indicative reading

There is no set text for this course, and a full reading list is provided at the first class. The following is useful introductory reading that includes topics covered on the course:

  • Carrabine E et al (2016) Criminology: A Sociological Perspective;
  • Downes, D & Rock, P (2011, 4th Edition) Understanding Deviance;
  • Liebling, A et al, (2017, 5th Edition) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology;
  • Tierney, J (2018, 4th Edition) Criminology: Theory and Context;
  • Walklate, S (2016) Criminology: The Basics.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Research report (15%) and group presentation (10%) in the LT.
Research report (15%) in the ST.
Group presentation (10%) in the MT.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2017/18 - 2019/20 combined)

Classification % of students
First 19.5
2:1 69
2:2 8
Third 0
Fail 3.4

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2019/20: 29

Average class size 2019/20: 14

Capped 2019/20: Yes (30)

Value: One Unit

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