• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code CRIM-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Courses within this minor focus on the sociological analysis of issues in contemporary society concerned with the making, breaking and enforcement of laws, as well as those social behaviours considered deviant, even when these are not illegal. Particular attention is paid to those processes that lead to individuals and groups being labelled as deviant and subjected to increased rates of surveillance, policing and/or incarceration. Drawing on relevant theoretical perspectives from sociology and criminology, courses will explore the relationships between power, representations of crime and deviance, inequality, and exposure to criminal justice interventions.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this minor enables students to:
  1. understand the social construction of deviance and crime
  2. acquire and interpret data on crime and deviance
  3. think critically about theories and explanations of crime causation and deviance
  4. understand the impacts of the criminal justice system across different community groups
  5. analyse policy and other social responses to crime and deviance 
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
SOCY1005 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6
SOCY3016 Controversies in Crime Control 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
SOCY2008 Risks, Hazards and Disasters 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender 6
SOCY2059 Sociology of Resistance 6
SOCY2058 Studies in Social Problems 6
SOCY2062 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders 6
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society 6
HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas 6
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