Deviance – what is it all about?

Published 21 May 2013

Professor John ScottHave you ever watched the news and wondered what drives someone to be deviant? What makes them step outside the norms of society?

Well now is the time to take that curiosity and interest further with enrolments now open to study Deviance, through uneOpen – a new online courseware offering.

In an Australian first,  uneOpen allows you to study the course online for free and then if you wish to take your new found knowledge further you can pay to take an exam and if you pass gain credit into an accredited course at the University of New England, (UNE).

Deviance is one of the first subjects to be offered and UNE Professor of Sociology John Scott says the topic of Deviance is always popular as it intrigues people.

“From sexual and gender deviations, to alcohol and drug consumption and even actions such as rudeness and lateness, the term deviance covers a veritable multitude of sins. This unit provides an entry level introduction to a range of sociology topics including abortion, mental illness, disabilities or body imagery to gang formation, gang warfare and other criminal behaviours,” Professor Scott said.

“With the prevalence of deviance in the news, in print and on television, and the popularity of criminal investigation television programs, these are questions that society is interested in. Deviance is a core concern of the social sciences and fundamental to studies in sociology and criminology, providing a pathway into law and order, psychology, social work, health and education. Plus, it’s something that touches most of our lives.

“So whether you are just curious about deviance or you think this is something you would like to study further, the unit offers an interesting insight into society and why people act the way they do,” Professor Scott said.

uneOpen heralds the future of higher education in Australia – offering a more flexible study option for people. uneOpen will offer a range of fee-for-service products, alongside the open courseware, letting students choose what academic services they need.

Fee-for-service products will include tutorial support, examinations and ultimately students may choose to have their learning recognised for credit into a UNE degree.