Minor in Deviance and Society

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Available for students starting in September 2017

If you choose a Minor in Deviance and Society you will study a mixture of theoretical and practical modules which all relate to the broader topic of the Sociology of Deviance. Contemporary criminological research was borne out of the discipline of sociology, and this minor pathway will cover topics as broad as privilege and corruption, how we all consume crime in the 21st century, how we mediate risk in our lives, and how we often misinterpret deviance, particularly with topics such as the global sex trade. This all adds up to an engaging and thought provoking minor pathway, that should assist you in obtaining work in the criminal justice system and beyond.

Year 1

In your first year you will examine the concepts of power and privilege, and reflect on how this often manifests itself as deviance in contemporary society. You will also study some of the sociological and criminological underpinnings of the subject, which takes you on a journey from the punishments handed out by tyrannical monarchs, to how and why we have laws permitting one thing and prohibiting another in contemporary society.


  • Power, Privilege and Diversity
  • Thinking Sociologically About Crime

Year 2

In your second year you will study how, through time, we have changed the ways in which society understands crime and deviance. This includes a discussion around crime as being ‘carnival’ - which might even include reality TV for example. You will focus on why crime has become a product to buy - or to buy into - from football violence to video games. You will also have the opportunity in the second semester to examine how society distinguishes between victims and offenders, providing you with an introduction into the very contemporary world of the victimologist.


  • Consuming Crime
  • Victims and Offenders

Year 3

In your final year you will study how the ways in which we perceive and manage risk play such a big part in contemporary society. You will engage your sociological and criminological imagination through the examination of topics ranging from what crops we grow and eat, to drug taking. Your investigation into the global sex trade will require you to question your own preconceived ideas about sex, prostitution, sex trafficking, sex tourism, and the part played by the global sex trade in facilitating global migration for women.


  • Living with Risk
  • Global Sex Trade

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

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    On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Deviance and Society).


    Please note that you cannot study a Minor in Deviance and Society with a Major in Sociology.

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