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Unformatted text preview: CRIME AND DEVIANCE. Crime and Deviance. Our society has many sets of assumptions and expectations upon which we carry out our everyday behaviour. But what if we do not behave the way others expect? What happens if a guest does not bring a gift to a wedding ceremony? What happens if this guest brings a syringe and some white powder to the same party? Certain kinds of unpredictability are not welcome, and are even punished in our society. Who has the power to define other people's behaviours as unwelcome or punishable? That question can also be extended to what, how, where, and when is behaviour regarded Deviant? Crime and deviance is an interesting and popular subject in the A level studies. Students answer an essay question , not a stimulus response question, on paper two. Students are allowed 45 minutes to answer this question. The following questions are of central importance when looking at the issue of crime and deviance. • How can crime be functional to the well being of society? • Who makes the laws in Britain? • Whose interests do they reflect? • Is the law fair? • Who breaks the law and why? • What is the relationship between the media and crime? • Which political is the best party at maintaining law and order? • Why do people commit suicide? • What is, “deviant.” 1. Working in small groups attempt to arrive at some, “common sense” answers to the above. 2. Place your answers on the white board. 3. Where did you get the above, information” from? WHAT THE SYLLABUS SAYS. According to the A.E.B. syllabus, candidates should: • be familiar with sociological explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control; • understand the social construction of conformity and non conformity, deviance and crime; • explore the relationship between deviance, power and social control; • consider explanations of the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, class, ethnicity, gender and region; • consider societal reactions to crime and deviance, including the role of the media; • consider the role of law enforcement agencies in relation to deviance, including the police, courts and the penal (prison) system; • consider sociological explanations of youth subcultures and styles; • consider the sociological issues raised by the study of suicide. With this in mind ... Objective Number One: Trends In Crime....
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2012 for the course SOC 201 taught by Professor Ambersmith during the Fall '09 term at N.C. State.

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