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Vulnerability, Deviance & Social Control - SPY00039H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kate Brown
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To introduce ideas and theories related to social control and the close relationship between support and discipline in contemporary policy and practice
  • To explore the intensifying behavioural regulation of problem groups in contemporary society and, in particular, how this impacts of the lives of vulnerable citizens
  • To facilitate a critical understanding of issues of difference and power in relation to social control, focussing on key social factors such as class, gender, ethnicity and age

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students who have attended the lectures and workshops and also undertaken complementary reading will:
  • Have an understanding of how behaviourist policy agendas affect vulnerable individuals and groups
  • Understand contemporary behaviourist trends within a broader historical context
  • Be in a position to analyse theories, policies and practices related to social control
  • Be able to recognise and critique close links between care and control in contemporary systems of welfare and discipline


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

In addition to informal feedback during the support activities, you will receive written feedback on submitted work using a Marking Matrix

You can discuss your feedback with your personal supervisor or module tutor during their Office Hours (listed within the SPSW Staff Office Hours space on Yorkshare).

Indicative reading

Available on the EARL list on the VLE

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