PSY-30126 - The psychology of deviance
Coordinator: Chris Stiff Tel: +44 1782 7 33667
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Why are children bullied, and why do some children join in, while others help? What causes people to send derogatory messages to others they have never met or seen over the Internet? Why are football matches often marred with hooliganism, whilst other sports experience no such issues?
This module will attempt to answer these questions by examining the psychology of deviance. What can psychology tell us about deviant behaviour, and how can we use this knowledge to help.
Students on this module will cover a fascinating range of topics and work with experts engaged in active research on those areas. Possible topics covered will be: (cyber)bullying, domestic violence, Internet vigilantes, Internet addiction, the behaviour of crowds, the power of anonymity, and video game induced aggression.

- To provide students with new insights into how psychology can be applied to understanding deviance in variety of contexts,
- To provide students with new insights into a specialist area of psychology,
- To provide students with an understanding of literature relating to deviant/aberrant attitudes and behaviour through the reading and critique of peer-reviewed evidence, and synthesis of their own research ideas,
- To allow students greater expansion of previously learned material.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

20 hours taught classes
Asynchronous study comprising structured activities 30 hours
100 hours private study to include reading (60), and writing assessment (40)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
Problem-based assignment
Intervention/problem based assignment. Students will be provided with a number of (hypothetical) situations which require analysis and intervention from a psychologist in order to be solved. Several will be provided which will be covered by the topics in the module sessions. The assignment will require: - Literature review of the topic area, including any gaps in knowledge - Analysis of the problem and possible issues - Development of intervention, with rationale - Details of how success of the intervention will be assessed Guidance on the assignment will be provided in sessions, and a clear structure for students to use will be outlined. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the skills required for this assignment during the course, and will receive preparation sessions specifically aimed at its completion. Word count: 3000