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Crime & Deviance Topic Companion for AQA A-Level Sociology

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A comprehensive digital study companion for the AQA A-Level Sociology Core Topic Crime & Deviance.


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AS, A-Level

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This A Level Course Companion has been designed specifically to support teaching and learning, using a systematic approach closely based on the AQA specification. The Crime and Deviance companion takes each point on the specification and breaks it down into sections. Each section makes a clear link to the specification, provides a checklist of what needs to be known and then explains key content, using both classic and some more contemporary studies and examples.

The sections are:

  • Functionalist explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • Marxist explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • Interactionist explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • Realist explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by gender
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by social class
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society
  • The media and crime
  • Green crime
  • Human rights and state crime
  • Victims
  • Crime control and the role of the Criminal Justice System
  • Prevention, surveillance and punishment

Each section includes regular evaluation of theories, studies or perspectives. The evaluations are written in the explicit and developed way that students need to try to emulate in the exam. Each section concludes with a list of possible exam questions along with expert examiner hints.

Two key features of this companion help to facilitate this synoptic approach. These are

"making the link": where a connection between content in this module and that of another (usually from the first year) is explicitly explored.

"links to core themes": where AQA's core themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation and power and stratification are applied to each area of the specification


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