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ED10347: Deviance: psychological and sociological perspectives

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Programme 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)


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