Deviance Difference & Conformity

SOC20020 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

Last withdraw without fail:
20 Aug 21


50 Credit Points of Level 1 units

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to an understanding of a range of sociological and criminological approaches to deviance and non/normative interactions in the social and criminal world. The unit will familiarize students with a number of contemporary social problems and controversies subject to social control to manage deviance or non-normativity. As such students will be lead to analyse major forms of social control – in particular the legal system and social responses to crime and punishment – in addition students will analyse the forces that construct notions of social conformity or normativity. Finally, students will be lead to analyse and respond to differential power structures and the relativities of crime and criminal behaviour across a range of offending.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate and apply a sociological perspective to the social world around them
2. Identify and differentiate the major theoretical perspectives that explain the sociological concept of deviance
3. Define and use a range of key sociological concepts to appraise the ways in which social processes and structures respond to notions and    categories of deviance in a contemporary context
4. Discuss and critique published work and communicate this through informed written argument.

Courses with unit

BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)

BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-EDSART1 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
NOTE: This unit is in many Major unit sequences including Criminology, Behavioural Studies and Human Services Practice.