Summative Assessment Overview: How is crime and deviance socially constructed
The assessment is comprised of two distinct sections, which are submitted as one document. Part one is an essay; part two is a reflective piece of
Part One (Learning Outcomes One, Two, Four):
Things to consider but this list is by no means exhaustive:
How is crime and deviance socially constructed and locate your chosen topic within this? How is your chosen topic socially constructed as deviant in particular contexts
How is power significant in your discussions, who has the power, how are labels generated/assigned, what is the impact of this (think ‘othering’)? Make sure this discussion relates to your area of focus.
How is ‘behaviour’/the deviant identity regulated (think social control)? Make sure this discussion relates to your area of focus.
Outline and critically discuss the ways in which one topic from the module is socially constructed and
the influence that this has had on our understanding of deviance (2000 words).
Part Two (Learning Outcome Three): The essay should be followed by a 500 word reflective piece where you consider the ways in which your own
values, biography and social identity have influenced your understanding of crime, deviance and social control in relation to the topic you have chosen to
focus your essay upon.
You will be asked to submit formative ‘patch work’ on Moodle at two points within the module. These patches will be peer-reviewed in workshops and although this will not officially form part of the summative assessment, it is hoped that it will encourage you to approach prepare in good time for your final summative assessment.
You are also encouraged to keep a journal throughout the duration of this module. This will not be checked by staff but it is envisaged that this activity will help you further prepare for your assessment. In the journal it is a good idea to record your views on the topics for discussion each week prior to the lectures and seminars. Try to think about where your own ideas have come from and why you hold your particular views.
Learning Outcomes Related to the Summative Assessment:
Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the ways in which crime and deviance are socially constructed
Consider the role and impact of power on those who are labelled and ‘othered’ within mainstream society
Demonstrate a reflective approach whereby they locate their own values, biography and social identity within their understanding of crime,
deviance and social control.
Compose and communicate (both verbal and written) coherent arguments through the analysis of relevant literature