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Sociology of Deviance (SOCI 1106)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course uses a sociological perspective to examine the processes of rule-making and rule-breaking. It includes a survey of theories explaining deviance, and the application of these theories to a number of issues often defined as deviance: crime, juvenile delinquency and gangs, mental illness, and lifestyle variation, among others.

Topical Outline:
1. Defining deviance
2. Theories and methods of research
3. Social control and power
4. Deviant identity
5. Managing a deviant identity

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify the social and institutional processes that underlie the creation of normative structures in modern society
2. Identify the social and institutional processes underlying the enforcement of normative structures in modern society
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the development and management of a deviant identity

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity