Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2115: Deception

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Brian Rappert (Convenor)


SOC1039 or SOC1040.



Available via distance learning


This module addresses a number of questions: What is deception?  How can we understand the social reasons for its existence and prevalence? How does deception underpin criminal and deviant activities?  Can deception be justified? You will study the patterning of deception within social institutions, including its causes and consequences. You will learn to understand it from varied academic perspectives as well as to critically appreciate the methodologies for determining its occurrence and frequency.  A deliberately broad range of forms of deception will be considered, including deception within art, science, war, business, and entertainment.

This module is suitable for students on interdisciplinary pathways.

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