This topic will examine various conceptions and sociological understandings of regulation, deviance and social control. This involves identifying the social processes and conditions leading to the definition and treatment of acts as deviance and actors as deviant. This focus is on everyday life experiences of deviance and social control and the topic considers the ways in which laws, rules, norms and mores structure social life and render some behaviours and activities unacceptable and deviant. Criminal deviance is just one type of deviance discussed. Specific issues and behaviour to be addressed include the ways in which sexuality, drug use, and the body are subject to regulation and designations of deviance. The topic also investigates mental health and criminal deviance also paying attention to government policies.
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