SO240      Half Unit
Crime, Deviance and Control

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ioanna Gouseti


This course is available on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society and BSc in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

This course has a limited number of places (it is capped). Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

This course cannot be taken with SP271 Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice or SO210 Crime, Deviance and Control.

Course content

This course encourages students to think about and debate some of the major issues in the sociology of crime and deviance. We explore the social construction of crime and deviance; key factors that shape patterns, perspectives and experiences of crime and deviance, including social class, gender, race and ethnicity, and the media; and different criminological theories that have been used to explain crime and deviance.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are required to complete one piece of formative assessment.

Indicative reading

There is no set text for this course. 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


Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.

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

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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