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ED10347: Deviance: psychological and sociological perspectives

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework ( 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* familiarise students with the historical background to notions of deviance in relation to education, children, and young people.
* introduce students to a broad notion of deviance (including formal and informal forms of deviance).
* examine different psychological and sociological approaches to the study of deviance in education, childhood, and youth.
* familiarise students with implications of deviance for policies and practices in education and services for children and youth.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students will be expected to:
* account for different definitions and interpretations of deviance in relation to education, children and young people.
* explain how deviance evolves from sociological and psychological perspectives.
* recognise and appreciate different theoretical approaches to the study of deviance.
* have an increased awareness of the ways in which society responds to deviance through policy and practice.
* develop an argument in relation to the appropriateness and relevance of theoretical approaches, policies and practices with regard to a particular form of deviance in education, childhood or youth.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays)
* Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar presentations)
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources
* Ability to apply theory into practice
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines
* Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team


* Consideration of the historical change in attitudes to deviance in the UK.
* Different definitions and interpretations of deviance in relation to education, childhood, and youth in sociology and psychology (e.g. structural-functionalism, symbolic interactionism, power-conflict theories); consideration of consequences of deviance (formal and informal deviance).
* Psychological and sociological approaches to the study of deviance; critique of these approaches.
* Dimensions of gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality and how these shape notions of deviance.
* Deviant groups of population among children and young people in the UK.
* Policy formation as a response to deviance; forms of societal and organisational practices that serve to prevent deviance; critique of policies and practices.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED10347 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 1)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences


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