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 SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.85% 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 formal feedback (evaluation survey) Peer feedback
Tutorial activities were viewed as engaging, especially those involving groupwork.
Expand the use of tutorial activities so that all tutorials have group-based activities.
Action Taken
This recommendation was enacted and was responded to well by students.
Source: Student formal feedback (evaluation survey)
Moodle site was viewed as a little disorganised.
Use new tiles format for Moodle site to help with navigation and ensure materials are loaded on the site prior to the start of term.
Action Taken
The unit will be rolled over to the new tiles format for 2022 delivery.
Source: Student formal feedback (evaluation survey)
The numbering of assessments 1 and 2 was confusing as assessment 1 was submitted after assessment 2. Also, the two assessment submission dates were only two weeks apart which meant that feedback from the first assessment could not be used formatively for the second.
Re-number assessment 1 as assessment 2 and, assessment 2 as assessment 1 to align with the hand-in sequence of those assessments. Move the assessment deadlines so that there is at least a three-week gap between their respective submission dates.
Action Taken
This recommendation was enacted.
Source: Student 'Have your Say' survey
Some students requested tutorials to be recorded.
Review tutorial format to investigate suitability for recording and posting to Moodle.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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