Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sociology of Law and Order

Sociology of Law and Order (SOC355)


Sociology of Law and Order examines the issues of social order and social control in society. Models of social control are examined and the role of law is examined as one of a number of mechanisms for maintaining law enforcement and social control. Within society, the concept of how deviance and criminality is defined is explored, as well as systems of law enforcement and public surveillance.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction: the origins and development of criminology and the study of law and order; Singapore criminal justice system: the prosecution and punishment process; theories of punishment
  • The statistics on crime and their meaning; The media and law and order"
  • Classical and positivist explanations of crime
  • Contemporary sociological theories of crime
  • The state and criminality; Conservative criminology
  • Crime prevention; Police methods

Learning Outcome

  • structures and organisation
  • ECA revision
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