Thursday 30 April – Deviance

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Hi all,

It was so cool to read your contributions on the discussion boards, and the work you emailed. Thank you. I wonder if you read some of each other’s contributions…I hope so 🙂

What are we doing today?

Revising and learning theories of deviance

Evidence of engagement:

  • Email work as per instructions

What is this leading to?

Deviance essay (end of week 3)

Lesson details:

If you haven’t already, please read page 22-26 of your deviance reader and take notes in your exercise book about S.Cohen’s (1972) Moral Panic theory. Please ensure you include the concepts S.Cohen uses to explain his theory (e.g. folkdevils, accredited experts, othering)

In recent years, some parts of the media and political sphere focused heavily on so-called ‘African gangs’ in Australia.

The following two articles are opinion pieces that seek to explain how the media/politicians have presented the issue of ‘African gangs’:

Article 1

Article 2

Can you link this issue to S.Cohen’s theory? (Write 150 words on this – which is one large-ish handwritten paragraph)

TASK (please email your answers to me):

Read page 4 to 5 of your deviance reader focusing on the New Right perspective. Please write a 150 word paragraph which answers the following questions:

According to this perspective:

a) What are the causes of crime?

b) What should governments/police do to “fix” crime?

Please write 100 words on the ‘Broken Windows thesis’ (Wilson & Kelling, 1982)

Click here to watch a video on the Broken Windows thesis 

*When you watch the video, think about how it might apply to the Australian context.

Extension activity: If you finished the above with plenty of time to go, please start to look at Hirshi’s (1969) Control theory (page 13-14 of the deviance reader) and take notes on this theory in your exercise book.

Remember: Email me any questions you might have.

Tuesday 28 April – Deviance

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What are we doing today?

Learning more theories of deviance

Evidence of engagement:

  • Participation on discussion boards
  • Email work as per instructions

What is this leading to?

Deviance essay (end of week 3)

Lesson details:

  1. C.S Lewis quote

TASK: Please read the C.S Lewis quote (tweeted by Julia Baird) from the last blog post, and answer the following questions on the padlet discussion board:

a) What do you think C.S Lewis is saying about power and deviance in society?

b) What example(s) in Australian society support C.S Lewis’ statement?

Click here to post your answers to our discussion board (this will be used as evidence of engagement)

      2. Delving deeper into the theories

So far, we have learnt the following theories:

Durkheim’s (late 1800s) Functionalist perspective of deviance

Merton’s (1968) Structural Strain theory (also called Anomie theory)

Sutherland’s (1939) Differential Association theory (also called Cultural Transmission theory)

A. Cohen’s (1955) Delinquent Subculture theory

Let’s delve deeper into Sutherland’s and A.Cohen’s theories. We will start with Sutherland:

Click here to watch a refresher I made on Sutherland’s theory

You can also go to pg. 10-11 of your Deviance reader (see earlier posts if you don’t have this downloaded) to read about Sutherland.

TASK: Watch the following parts of the ABC Four Corners ‘Kids Doing Time’ (2009) documentary

0.00 – 15.00

28.28 – 34.00

Click here to access the ABC Four Corners Kids Doing Time (2009) documentary.

Questions (send your answers to me via email – this can be photos of your written work in your book or it can be typed into the email). Your answers do not need to be highly polished – but I will use them as evidence of engagement.

a) Explain how Sutherland’s theory might explain the experiences of some of those featured in this documentary (draw on quotes from the documentary).

b) Apart from simply learning criminal behaviour, what other reasons might there be for these young people entering the criminal justice system?

c) Find out what is meant by the word ‘marginalised/marginalisation’ and write a 50 word explanation of what it means.

This term ‘marginalisation’ leads to another important theory: A. Cohen’s Delinquent Subculture theory

Click here to watch a refresher I made on Delinquent Subculture theory

You can also go to pg. 19 of your Deviance reader (see earlier posts if you don’t have this downloaded) to read about A.Cohen’s theory.

TASK: Read the following extracts from the van Krieken et al (2017) textbook and respond to the questions below on the group discussion board (link provided below)

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a) Briefly explain how A. Cohen’s theory links to this information.

b) S. Cohen (1972) developed Moral Panic theory to explain the construction of deviance. How does his theory provide a different understanding of youth and crime in Australia? *Pg. 22 to 26 of the Deviance reader explains this theory.

Click here to post your answers to our discussion board (this will be used as evidence of engagement)

Remember I am available between 10.30-12.30 and 1.30-2.30 to answer questions (send me an email)

Final task for Term 1

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As discussed in our Zoom meeting this morning, please make sure you take some notes on A. Cohen’s (1955) Delinquent Subculture theory.  This theory is useful for trying to explain “deviance” and crime carried out in groups. There are steps in this theory (i.e. this happens then this happens which results in this..)

We will write a deviance essay in Term 2 (looking at Week 3 at this stage). You will need to know the theories to do this essay, so please stay on track with learning them.

Please stay in touch and send any questions you have my way.