2023-2024 / SOCI0104-1

Sociology of Social Control


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in criminology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology)5 crédits 
 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)3 crédits 


Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Is there a strengthening of social control mechanisms (individual and collective) in different areas of social life today? And are fears part of these mechanisms? 
What role do traditional and social media play today in this context? And how do sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, anthropologists, philosophers and historians play in this context?
The course proposes to distinguish three grammars of social control, i.e. three sets of works that have helped to shape contrasting meanings of the concept: order, deviance and surveillance. It also introduces a fourth grammar, "fears as devices of social control". 
To do this, we will borrow various empirical illustrations relating, in particular, to the coronavirus and the prison world.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

In order to answer the questions that form the basis of this course, three dimensions should be articulated: the learning of sociological concepts, the practice of research exercises (in pairs, empirical approach and press review) and the presentation/discussion of intermediate results.  

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General sociology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will consist of 11 sessions
The course is organized in the form of seminars, allowing interactions and necessary exchanges between the students. The course invites students to analyze a situation and problematize the questions at the center of the course by focusing on the link between theory and documentary research. Each selected situation is prepared and presented by a pair of students.
In a second step, the presentation leads to the writing of a paper (scientific article model)

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

A reading list is communicated to students depending on the theme chosen and some more scientific articles will be posted online along the year.

Written work / report

Additional information:

A working paper of 1,600 to 2,000 words must be sent by 10 January to C.Dubois@uliege.be.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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