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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOCM026 Module Title: LAW, SOCIETY & SOCIAL CONTROL
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM34
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: JOHNSON PJ Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

2nd Semester


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting towards Module Mark (%)






Module Overview

This module is an advanced level course on the regulation of social control.





Module Aims

The module focuses on how law and other modes of social control relate to the ionstitutional and interactional orders of modern and late-modern societies.  In so doing, it examines how individuals and groups seek to influence the behaviours of other and are also subject to regulatory forces that shape their own conduct.  Students are encouraged to critically engage with the concept of social control and to reflect upon how it illuminates a number of seen but un-noticed dimesions of social life.


Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are:


·             Students will be familiar with how various mechanisms of social control are socially and culturally manifested in institutions and social practices


·             Students completing the course will have developed an appreciation for the complexities involved in studying the wider context of crime and the criminal justice system


Module Content

·             The Idea of Social Control


·             Histories of Social Control


·             Discipline and Governmentality


·             Surveillance and Social Order


·             The Enforcement of Law


·             Morality, Law and Social Order


·             Law and the Body


·             The Social Control of Intimate/Personal Life


·             Crime, the Media and Representation


·             Logics of Contemporary Social Control


Methods of Teaching/Learning

This module consists of 10 sessions that comprise lectures and seminar discussion


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading


Innes, M. Understanding Social Control (Open University Press, 2002)



Background reading


Cohen, S. Visions of Social Control (Polity, 1985)


Garland , D. The Culture of Control ( Oxford University Press, 2001)


Foucault, M. Discipline and Punish (Penguin, 1977)


Hawkins, K. Law as Last Resort ( Oxford University Press, 2002)





Howard Journal of Criminal Justice


British Journal of Criminology


Criminal Justice Matters


Punishment and Society


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