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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Attendance Requirements

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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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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 - Have Your Say
There were several comments from students with regard to the assessments. It was suggested all the focus questions could be released at the start of term. Another suggested that an assessment aimed at understanding a social issue would be useful.
The assessments for the unit will be reviewed and in particular, careful consideration will be given to the possibility of provide all focus questions at the start of term.
Action Taken
Two of the three assessments were made available from, the start of term and further consideration will be given for the remaining assessment to also be made available from, the start of term.
Source: Student feedback - Have Your Say
It was suggested that in addition to the topic title being provided on the Moodle webpage, the section could also provide the week number.
This is a very useful recommendation and edits will be made in the next offering of the unit to ensure both topic and week number are provided in the weekly title section.
Action Taken
The week number has been included in the Moodle page alongside the topic for the week.
Source: Student feedback - Have Your Say
There was comment that an improvement to the unit would be increased availablity of resources related to theory and sociological terminology.
A review will be undertaken to identify appropriate materials on sociological theory for inclusion in the unit as supplementary resources.
Action Taken
Additional resources relating to theory and sociological terminology were included in each week for the entire unit for 2019. This will be reviewed for 2020 and relevant additional material and resources will be uploaded to the Moodle page as required.
Source: Moodle page
Several comments related to assessment in particular, assessment detail and the availability of previous examples.
A review of the assessments, including, assessment details, marking rubrics and marking criteria will be undertaken so that these better reflect the expectations and structure of the assessment/s. The provision of a number of past examples in the Moodle page will specifically identify the key differences in the requirements of the current task versus the previous iteration.
Action Taken
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