·You need to know what is meant by the social construction of crime and to go over notes from one of our first crime and deviance lessons where we talked about how whether certain acts are considered deviant or not might depend on things like culture, time, audience, etc… The PPT for this is on Teams and your peers may have notes if you do not have any
You need to know some of the theories of crime try to learn all of them as you will only need to use 3 in the presentation. The theories cover all the theories about gender, race, age and offending as well as general theories on crime such as Strain theory, subcultural theories, labelling theory… etc…
The list of relevant theories is on the table we used to apply the theories to a real-life crime (the one we did together on the story of Chelsea O’Mahoney) and PPTS and/or sheets giving outlines of the theories are on Teams. You can also use Haralambos or other sociology books to help you.
Once you feel you have got the knowledge above sorted out, choose a crime story to use for your presentation making sure that there are enough details about the perpetrator to give you something to go on when you apply the theories
Listen to the voiceover PowerPoint which explains the presentation content. Listening to this is really important as it explains exactly what needs to be covered.
Use the sheets we filled in on Chelsea O’Mahoney to give you ideas about how to apply the theories.
You should now be able to design your presentation slides and plan what you want to say. You can use notes when you present. (Create a note for the presentation)
Topic One: how crime and deviance is defined, how they relate to one another, and how sociological approaches to crime and deviance differ from biological and psychological ones. You will consider stereotypes of crime and criminals and their portrayal in the media. You will look at how crime is measured and the problems that relate to these methods. Finally, you will consider trends in crime rates, offending and victimisation. Theories relating to gender and ethnicity will be covered in this last section.
Topic Two: explore several sociological theories of crime and deviance and consider their strengths and weaknesses. The theories covered are: Functionalism and Subcultural theories, Marxism, Interactionism (particularly labelling theory), Realist theories and Control theories.
look at 4 pieces of research on crime and/or deviance. You will be expected to be familiar with the research aims, rationale, methods, findings and conclusions of these three pieces. You will also consider how to evaluate these research studies – some of this material will help you here, such as any notes and handouts on the research process, ethics, validity, representativeness and generalisability, reliability, objectivity, the difficulties of ‘asking questions’ and the pros and cons of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection.
choose one crime and explain how they match a sociologist’s view. For example, a robbery would match Marxism because they say the poor commit more crime