SOCL11060 - Being Bad

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit looks at the contributions that culture, social structures and interpersonal relationships make to the formation of normal and deviant identities and behaviours in contemporary society. In addition to undertaking an analysis of competing theoretical perspectives of deviance and identity, you will be given the opportunity to explore key debates and controversies related to identified forms of deviant behaviour. You will also be required to compare and contrast beliefs and attitudes toward the major forms of personal deviance with focus on current formal and informal responses and practices. Special attention will be given to behaviours that are thought to be wild, risky, unacceptable or dangerous including: drug and alcohol use, sexual deviance, offensive behaviours, such as offensive humour and swearing, and body modification practices. You will be provided opportunities to consider questions such as, ‘is ‘being bad’ a form of resistance to, or a symptom of, a culture that has commodified deviant identities and can ‘bad behaviour’ ever be good? The unit will draw on a range of theoretical perspectives in Sociology and Cultural Studies and also use examples from The Arts, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.76% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback/evaluation; self-reflection
Issues with the range of assessment and the amount of work students are required to complete throughout the unit.
This unit carries a heavy workload for students, above what is normally expected in a first year course. The amount and type of assessment needs to be reviewed prior to the next offering of the unit.
Action Taken
The assessments were reviewed and it was decided to maintain the assessment types. However, the amount of workload connected with each assessment task was adjusted to ensure that requirements were more appropriate for a Level 1 assignment.
Source: Student feedback/evaluation
Positive comments on unit structure, materials, relevance and engagement.
Continue with the range of topics included in the unit and the current structure used on the moodle website. Revisit the selection of topics to ensure that currency is maintained.
Action Taken
The range of topics in the unit was maintained with additional material added to ensure currency of resources.
Source: Student Evaluation Survey
Several students suggested that clarity is needed on the Moodle site with regard to which resources are required and which are supplementary.
This is fair comment. The unit has a wide range of resources, many of which are optional to view or read. The moodle website and resources will be reviewed with a view to adding further clarity as to which as required resources and which are supplementary.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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