Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Justice Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit provides students with a comprehensive, empirically based, theoretically informed, international, interdisciplinary overview of the study of deviance in the social sciences. It provides a critical survey of causes, interpretations and reactions to deviance, with reference to real world social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco consumption, graffiti, body art, suicide, sexual deviance (such as nudity, pornography, paedophilia, sado-masochism, public sex), bullying, violence, and mental health.


    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this unit, students will be able to:

    1.    demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature of deviance, its definition(s), and its impact(s) on 'deviants' and the wider society 
    2.    acquire a broad appreciation of criminological perspectives on deviance 
    3.    discuss and explain how the sociology of law is an integral aspect of the discipline of criminology; in particular, investigate the processes of legalisation and criminalisation and how these apply to diverse individuals, groups and contexts
    4.    explore and investigate the effect of folk and professional conceptions of 'deviance' and 'deviants' on social, criminal, welfare, and business policies in law and government programs
    5.    critically evaluate how deviant behaviours and groups are constructed, managed and contested
    6.    propose strategies to manage real world social problems

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.