SO240      Half Unit
Crime, Deviance and Control

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ioanna Gouseti STC S105a


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 crime control. We explore the social construction of crime and deviance; key factors that shape patterns, perspectives and experiences of crime and crime control, including gender, race and ethnicity, and the media. The main objective is to develop a holistic perspective on some of the key topics of criminological scholarship. 


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour 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


Essay (70%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Group presentation (30%) in the LT.

An electronic copy of the assessed essay, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the third Tuesday of Summer Term.

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

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2021/22: 35

Average class size 2021/22: 18

Capped 2021/22: Yes (34)

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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