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Deviance, Law and Social Control Program Syllabus - Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Sociology of Deviant Behavior - Sociology Syllabus 3200 - Robert O. Keel

Deviant Behavior - SOCIOLOGY SYLLABUS 4043  - Dr. Lara Foley

SO. 400 Theories of Deviance Syllabus University of North Alabama

SOC 343, The Deviance Process Maxwell School Syllabus - Syracuse Univ.

Epidemiology of Deviant Behavior - Canyon College - COURSE SYLLABUS:
Social and Behavioral Sciences - George A. Wolford, Ph.D.

Course Description
This course is designed as an introduction to deviant behavior. Progression through this class will acquaint students with subjects like intelligence, motivation, development, abnormal psychology, trauma, brain damage, and various stressors as a part of interpreting deviant behavior.

Textbooks: Deviant Behavior (6th Edition) by Alex Thio. Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 6th edition

Course Objectives
Students will develop the following:
A understanding of the development of deviant behavior from a psychological perspective including different schools of thought.

Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Jennifer R. Hemler jhemler

Class Description: At its simplest, deviance can be thought of as a violation of social norms. However, since norms themselves are social constructions, varying across historical and cultural locations, we have to consider that what we think of as “normal” and “deviant” depend upon social context: what is deviant to some may not be deviant to others in different places or time periods. In order to study deviance, then, we must first separate out the definition of deviance a particular society holds from the specific acts or behaviors that society labels deviant. By examining the definitions of deviance a society holds, we can gain insight into important social issues and/or structural inequalities within that society, and discuss the mechanisms and processes by which deviance is subsequently constructed. In this class, we will explore who or what defines deviance in specific situations and, by extension, who or what has the power to erect or maintain social norms. We begin the semester with several theories of what deviance is, how it is produced, and what its function is. We will apply the former definitions of deviance to particular case studies to analyze how conceptions of deviance uphold normative values and morality, structure people’s lives, and factor into the production of social and personal identities.

Required Text:
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler – Construction of Deviance 5th Edition (available at Livingston bookstore and New Jersey Books).

Part I: What is Deviance? Definitions and Theories
We usually think of deviance as something harmful to society. Durkheim argues, however, that deviance the sign of a healthy and properly functioning society. How does he make this case, and why does he say deviance is present in any society? Likewise, Erikson argues that deviance in not an abnormal byproduct of society, but an integral part of society. What is the purpose of deviance, from his point of view?

The Labeling Process
How does labeling lead to deviance? Explain the processes that Lemert and Becker outline. How are they different?
Lemert – Primary & Secondary Deviation (online)
Becker – Labeling Theory (72-76)
Social Reality of Crime
What does it mean to say that deviance is constructed? According to Quinney, who constructs deviance and for whom does deviance function? How does class conflict and struggle influence our social reality of crime?
Quinney – Conflict Theory of Crime (86-91)
Cerulo – Violence is on the Rise
Best – Deviance: The Constructionist Stance (92-96)

Part II: Constructing Deviance
Criminalization of “The Black Man”
According to Anderson, what tactics and strategies do residents and police employ to label subordinate groups deviant, therefore “justifying” repressive police practices? How do these arrests trigger other cycles of oppression?
Anderson – The Police and the Black Male (185-196)
Pager – The Mark of a Criminal Record (209-220) In-class: Clip from Bowling for Columbine
“Normal” Sexuality

Studying Deviance (97-100)
Blinde & Taub – Homophobia and Women’s Sport (197-208)
Martin & Hummer – Fraternities and Rape on Campus (430-445)
Pharr – excerpt from Homophobia as a weapon of Sexism (online)
Differential Power
Chambliss’ classic study shows how the nature of an act is not necessarily what makes it deviant. What factors make the Roughnecks appear deviant and the Saints non-deviant? How does class influence other attributes that enable the aints to avoid criticism and the Roughnecks to provoke it?
Chambliss – The Saints and the Roughnecks (171-184)
Lareau –Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families (online)
Defining Mental Disorder
How does a sociology of deviance perspective on mental illness support the idea that “mental illness” itself is something cultural, not universal, nor property of the individual? How does one become a “mental patient”?
Rosenhan – On Being Sane in Insane Places (online)
Goffman – The Moral Career of the Mental Patient (online)

Constructing Deviance (135-138)
Reinarman – The Social Construction of Drug Scares (139-150)
Reinarman & Duskin – The Culture’s Drug Addict Imagery (online)
What role does moral panic serve in our society? Why did this moral panic develop at the specific time it did and why did it end?
deYoung – The Case of Satanic Day Care Centers (162-170)
Besharov – Child Abuse Reporting (101-107)
Movie: Indictment: The McMartin Trial
Moral Entrepreneurs
What role do media play in the production of moral panics? From the movie so far, what elements contributed to framing the McMartins as guilty?
deYoung – The Case of Satanic Day Care Centers (162-170)
Besharov – Child Abuse Reporting (101-107)
Movie: Indictment: The McMartin Trial

Part III: Deviant “Careers”
Entering the Deviant Career
What sequence of changes in attitudes and experiences does a person encounter in becoming deviant? What transformations of the self occur in becoming a “marihuana user” or a “dealer”?
Becker – Becoming a Marihuana User (online)
Murphy, Waldorf, Reinarman – Drifting into Dealing (online)
Deviant Identities
Deviant identities are not self-evident, but formed through interaction. According to Degher and Hughes, how does one become aware of a master status, such as being ‘fat’? According to Weinberg, how does knowledge of possible identities affect one’s concept of self? According to McLorg and Taub, how does adherence to conventional norms sometimes lead to deviance?
Deviant Identity (221-223)
Degher and Hughes – The Adoption and Management …. (225-235)
Weinberg – Becoming Bisexual (236-246)
McLorg and Taub – Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia (247-258)
Stigma Management
How do people adjust to the label of being deviant – especially when that label stigmatizes? What different techniques do people use to manage stigma, depending on whether their social identity is discreditable or already discredited? What new options arise for deviants when stigma is collective?
Stigma Management (289-291)
Lee & Craft – Protecting Oneself from a Stigmatized Disease (293-302)
Park – Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily… (303-313)
Martin – Collective Stigma (315-330)
Deviants often make appeals to more general normative claims. According to Scully and Marolla, what do gender norms have to do with rape and its prevalence in our society? According to Thomson et al., what role do disclaimers play in refuting a deviant label? How do priests and rapist create a non-deviant “reality” through the use of accounts?
Accounts (259-260)
Scully and Marolla – Convicted Rapists’ Vocabulary… (261-276)
Thomson et al. – Disclaimers and Accounts in Cases… (277-287)

Part IV: Structure and Organization of Deviance
White-Collar Crime
What protects white-collar criminals from being treated the same as “street” criminals? Why do white-collar criminals think of themselves as not really riminal?
The Social Organization of Deviance (335-336)
Liederbach – Opportunity and Crime in the Medical Professions (445-454) Benson – Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime (online)
International Organized Crime
How does the level where deviance takes place change its form? What distinguishes large criminal organizations from other types of criminal activity? How is the organized crime of today new and different from that of organizations like La Cosa Nostra?
Godson and Olson – International Organized Crime (375-387)
In-Class Movie: Russian Mafia *Your writing is due today, based on the readings for class.
How is joining a gang different for men and women? What privileges do both get out of gang memberships, and what are the drawbacks? How does the structure of the gang influence gender relations (or is it the other way around – how do gender relations influence the structure of the gang?)
Sanchez-Jankowski – Joining a Gang (459-480)
Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangs

Part V: Ending deviance Mon., April 24th: Leaving Deviance What makes leaving deviance so difficult? How do “ex”-deviants form new non-deviant identities? Is it possible to leave deviance behind completely?
Adler and Adler – Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers (496-508)
Pryor – Existing Child Molesting (509-520)
Ebaugh – Becoming an Ex (online)
Public Policy and Deviance
Cerulo – Welfare is Ruining this Country (online)
In-class: The End of Welfare
Public Policy and Deviance
Write your response after the movie, in class. How do both Spurlock and Ehrenreich dispute the common argument that deviant behavior is the cause of poverty?
Ehrenreich – excerpts from Nickel-and-Dimed: on Not Getting By in America (on-line)

Deviant Behavior - SOCIOLOGY 4043
Dr. Lara Foley
Course Ojectives
In this course we will ask questions such as:

What is deviance?

Who decides/defines what is deviant?

Are the same behaviors/people considered deviant in all historical errors, in all social contexts?

Why do some people engage in deviant behavior?

How does society respond to deviant behavior?

What measures does society use to regulate, prevent, and punish deviance? And what are the consequences of these efforts?

Required Texts
Adler, Patricia and Peter Adler (eds.). 2003. Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction. 4th edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson.

Enos, Sandra. 2001. Mothering From the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison. Albany, NY: SUNY.

Reading Schedule*:

Introduction to course

Defining Deviance
“On the Sociology of Deviance”

“A Typology of Deviance Based on Middle Class Norms”

Theories of Deviance
“The Normal and the Pathological”

“Social Structure and Anomie”
“Differential Association”
“Labeling Theory”

“Control Theory of Delinquency”

“Conflict Theory of Crime”
“Deviance: The Constructionist Stance”

Studying Deviance
“Child Abuse Reporting”

“Survey of Sexual Behavior of Americans”

“Researching Dealers and Smugglers”

Enos: “Afterward: You Know What I’m Sayin’?”

Constructing Deviance
Moral Entrepreneurs
"The Social Construction of Drug Scares”

“Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Ban”

Differential Social Power

“The Police and the Black Male”

“Homophobia in Women’s Sports”

Deviant Identities
“The Adoption of a ‘Fat’ Identity”

“Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia”

“Becoming Bisexual”

“Convicted Rapists Vocabulary of Motive”

“The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating”

Stigma Management
“Identity and Stigma of Women with STDs”

“Stigma Management and Collective Action Among the Homeless”

“Collective Stigma Management and Shame: Avowal, Management, and Contestation”

The Social Organization of Deviance
“Sexual Asphyxia”


“Real Punks and Pretenders: The Social Organization of a Counterculture” “Gender and Victimization Risk Among Women in Gangs”

Formal Organizaitons

“International Organized Crime”

“The Crash of ValuJet 592: A Case Study in State-Corporate Crime”

Structure of the Deviant Act
“Cruising for Sex in Public Places”

“The Manufacture of Fantasy”

“Fraternities and Rape on Campus”

“Opportunity and Crime in the Medical Professions”

Phases of the Deviant Career
“Joining A Gang”

“Gay Male Christian Couples and Sexual Exclusivity”

“Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers: The Case of Upper Level Drug Dealers and Smugglers”

“The Professional Ex-: An Alternative for Exiting the Deviant Career”

Mothering From the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison
Enos: “Mothers in Prison: The Impact of Race and Ethnicity”
Enos: “The Challenge of Mothering on the Inside”
Enos: “Arranging Care and Managing Caretakers”
Enos: “Demonstrating Fitness and Negotiating Ownership of Children”
Enos: “Constructing and Managing Motherhood, Drugs and Crime”
Enos: “Conclusions and Recommendations”

Sociology of Deviant Behavior - Sociology 182
Dr. Ronald Enroth                         
Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Clinard & Meier, 12th edition
Wayward Puritans, Erikson
Things Get Hectic, Kay et al.
Straight and Narrow? Schmidt

The main objective of this course is to consider the concept of "deviancy" and the specific manifestations of deviant behavior in the context of contemporary behavioral science theory and research. Various theories of deviant behavior will be examined, with emphasis on sociological considerations. It should also be the goal of all students to develop as part of their world view a Christian response to the phenomena studied in a course such as this. As in all areas of human behavior, more than a purely academic or intellectual dimension is required to adequately understand the people and the behavior our society labels "deviant."

Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Professor John Rice
I. Course Description
Every society is organized according to someone's design. This design varies historically and cross-culturally, and the "designers" themselves are most often quite invisible. Nonetheless, a social order reflects someone's judgment that this, rather than another,
is the way that things will be done. Social institutions both embody and reproduce this decision. From this decision, design, or judgment, then, the social category of "the deviant" is born.

Deviance has been an inexhaustible subject of inquiry, as well as a major source of employment, not only for those who have made a "career" of their deviance but, among others, for the legal profession, the police, criminologists, penologists, psychologists, social workers, and, of course, sociologists. All have been concerned with the obvious questions: why do people deviate? how can this be stopped? how can we keep them from doing it again? The Deviant, however, is not an unchanging social role: public attitudes change, becoming more "liberal," or more "conservative," more or less punitive, more or less "scientific," more or less "moralistic." Not surprisingly, this ebb and flow in how laws, norms, and sanctions are thought about is reflected in what is and is not considered deviant, in social control practices, and in the study of deviance. Broadly speaking, the sociological perspective has shifted its focus from asking why people deviate, to asking how they do so, and to who decides what is and is not deviant. These three orientations correspond with what we will call the naturalistic, the appreciative, and the critical approaches toward deviance, and the emergence of each new approach is grounded in and issues from larger societal, cultural, and historical changes.

This course will present an overview of these three approaches, in something of a rough chronological order. By the end of the semester, students will have been exposed to and will be expected to have a solid grasp on the major sociological perspectives on deviant behavior and, more importantly, they will learn that the study of those modes of personal conduct that a society relegates to the status of "outsiders" offers a vital glimpse into the nature of that society as a whole.

II. Course Requirements/Texts
A. There will be two texts for the course:
Classics of Criminology, 2nd (or 3rd) edition, by Joseph E. Jacoby
Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance, by Howard S. Becker

Course Outline
Part I. The Naturalist Approach

The Demonic Perspective
Deviance as the work of the devil
In Jacoby, Beccaria pp. 277-286; Bentham, pp 80-83

The Classical Perspective
Deviance as Rational and Intentional Individual Action

In Jacoby: Lombroso-Ferrero, pp. 116-131; Dugdale, pp. 132-139;
Goddard, pp. 140-146; Hooton, pp. 147-158

The Bio- and Psycho-pathological Perspective
Deviance as Irrational, Beyond Individual Control
XYY syndrome, etc.

In Jacoby: Shaw and McKay, pp. 13-19, 193-200; Sellin, pp. 188-192; Thrasher, pp. 4-8

Urbanization and Social Disorganization
Deviance as the Product of Rapid Social Change, Disorganization,
& Cultural Conflict

In Jacoby:
Durkheim, pp. 84-88

Deviance as a Necessary and Positive Part of Society

In Jacoby: Durkheim, pp. 172-177 and 247-250; Merton, pp. 178-87; Cohen, pp. 201-206; Cloward and Ohlin, pp. 236-240

Deviance as the product of normlessness and social strain

In Jacoby: Sutherland, pp. 225-227; Burgess and Akers, pp. 228-235; Sykes and Matza, pp. 221-224; Hirschi, pp. 251-258
In Outsiders (Becker): Chapter 3

Deviance as Learned Behavior (NB: Prospectus Due, March 3)
Sutherland, "Differential Association"
Hirschi, “The Social Bond”
Sykes and Matza, "Techniques of Neutralization"
Burgess and Akers, "Differential Reinforcement"

Part II: The Appreciative Approach

In Jacoby: Tannenbaum, pp. 259-260; Lemert, pp. 261-263
In Outsiders (Becker): Chapters 1and 2

Labeling and Social Constructionism
Theoretical Background:
Phenomenology, Ethnomethodology, Symbolic Interactionism
Becoming Deviant

In Outsiders (Becker): Chapters 7 and 8

Creating Labels:
"Banning," Moral Entrepreneurialism and Moral Crusades
The Marijuana Tax Act

In Jacoby: Skolnick, pp. 318-331; Black and Reiss, pp. 332-338

Applying the Labels:
Contingencies, Counting Deviance, and Status Degradation
Child Predators

In Jacoby: Clemmer, pp. 412-416; Sykes, pp. 417-426

Consequences of the Label:
Stigma, Deviance Amplification, and the Reorganization of Identity

In Jacoby: Marx, pp. 89-95; Quinney, pp. 106-115; Chambliss, pp. 287-293

Part III: The Critical Approach
Beyond Labeling Theory:
Criticisms of the Interactionist View
Conflict Theory and The Political Economy of Deviance

Readings: Conrad and Schneider – “Medicalization” ( click link to access this article in PDF format)
The Political Economy of Deviance: Professionalization and Medicalization

SYP3510 - Section 5448
MWF 5th CSE E222
Instructor: Dan Dexheimer
Course Objectives
The purpose of this course is to better understand the occurrence of deviant behavior, the patterns associated with it, and society’s reaction to it. The course does not assume that behaviors referred to as deviant are necessarily wrong or negative, but instead will argue that deviant acts and actors can be both functional and dysfunctional to the social order. During the first part of the semester we will define the concept and creation of ‘deviance’, and learn about the theoretical approaches and research methods used to understand deviance. The remainder of the semester will be spent discussing various forms of deviant behavior and actors.

Reading Material
Required – Sociology of Deviant Behavior (12ed), Marshall B. Clinard and Robert F. Meier, Thomson - Wadsworth, 2004. ISBN 0534619479.

Tentative Course Outline
Text Readings:                
Ch. 1 – The Nature and Meaning of Deviance
Ch. 2 – Deviant Events and Social Control
Ch. 3 – Becoming Deviant
Ch. 4 – Structural Perspectives on Deviance
Ch. 5 – Labeling, Control, and Learning Theories
Ch. 6 – Crimes of Interpersonal Violence
Ch. 7 – Nonviolent Crime
Ch. 8 – White-Collar and Corporate Crime
Ch. 9 – Drug Use and Addiction
Ch. 10 – Drunkenness and Alcoholism
Ch. 11 – Sexual Deviance
Ch. 14 – Homosexuality, Lesbianism, and Homophobia
Ch. 12 – Suicide
Ch. 13 – Physical Disabilities
Ch. 15 – Mental Disorders

SYLLABUS - Deviant Behavior: Criminology - Online Version - Weekend College.
Dr. Sandra Harte - Dept. of Sociology

Course Description: The scientific application of the theories of crime and deviance, reflecting the structural and environmental influences of contemporary American society.

Course Objectives:
To provide an understanding of the origins and development of criminological theories
To explore the relationship between social context and social behaviors.
To distinguish between the “myths” of deviance and its realities.
Development of online skills to research relevant topics in Criminology.
To develop an understanding of demographics as they relate to criminal behavior and law enforcement.

Texts: Felson, Marcus. Crime in Everyday Life, 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 1998.

Schmalleger, Frank. Criminology Today, 3rd Edition. Upper Saddle River,
N.J: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Course Outline
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: An overview of the basic features of “Blackboard” will be presented. You may be familiar with the basic features of “Blackboard,” however, other specific content information about this course will be provided also, so it is imperative that you attend. If there is a reason you cannot be there, please contact your professor. Date and time to be announced.

Deviance, Law and Social Control Program - University of Wisconsin, Madison
The program in Deviance, Law, and Social Control (DLSC) is designed to train sociology graduate students in the areas of sociology of law, deviance, criminology and social control. Through a combination of classroom instruction, independent directed study, and teaching and research apprenticeships, the program fosters a sound background in general sociology, a thorough understanding of theoretical and empirical issues in the study of law and deviance, and a solid set of technical skills for conducting scholarly research. Upon graduation from the program, students have gone on to take jobs in the nation's leading sociology, law, and criminal justice programs.

The Deviance, Law and Social Control program builds upon the strengths of the University of Wisconsin's Department of Sociology, which has received top national rankings for both scholarship and training. Compared to the law and deviance programs at other major universities, Wisconsin's DLSC program is distinguished both by its strong emphasis on Law and Society scholarship and by its commitment to linking the study of law and deviance with more general issues in social and legal theory. Students in the DLSC area develop a solid foundation in core sociological theory and research methods, as well as more specialized expertise in the sociology of law, deviance and criminology. DLSC students have a choice of taking either of two written preliminary examinations: a broad exam in "deviance, law, and social control," or a more specialized exam in "law and society."

The Deviance, Law and Social Control program features a weekly training colloquium, in which faculty and graduate students meet to present research ideas, critically evaluate each other's work, and review recent developments in the field. In addition, the program offers a variety of lecture courses and seminars:

Sociology of Law

Sociology of the Legal Profession

Processes of Deviant Behavior

Juvenile Delinquency


Corrections and the Control of Crime

Sociology of Mental Health

Modern American Communities

Seminar in the Sociology of Law

Seminar in Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Seminar in Criminology

Seminar in Deviance

Traditionally, Wisconsin's Deviance, Law and Social Control program has encouraged interdisciplinary training. All of the DLSC faculty pursue substantial interests in other areas of sociology as well -- including organizations, occupations and professions, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, social psychology, methods and statistics, and social work. Faculty members also maintain extensive ties outside the Sociology Department, including linkages with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Political Science, the Law School, the School of Social Work, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Mental Health Research Center, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, the Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, and the Havens Center. Four members of the Sociology Department faculty have legal training, and three hold joint appointments in the Law School.

Sociology of Deviant Behavior: FS
Sociology 3200 - Robert O. Keel, Instructor
Sociology Department Homepage:


Deviant Behavior, 7th edition, Erich Goode, Prentice- Hall, 2005.
Social Deviance: Readings in Theory and Research, 4th edition Henry N. Pontell, editor, Prentice- Hall, 2002.
There are a variety of "Virtual Handouts" (WWW sites, online essays, and cyber- reports to read and explore). Students can access these handouts via the Course Documents or the Web Sites area of the class MyGateway site, as well as via the class home page. Some handouts will require logging on the “Roksworld” web site described above.

Course Description:
This course is a study of the social reality of deviance within contemporary society based on a historical analysis of the social construction of deviant categories. We will be investigating the complex relationships between individual behavior and social structure; with a focus on power, inequality and oppression; as well as, socio- cultural definitions of morality and behavior.

Course Objectives:
This is a web-based class using the MyGateway system. Students are responsible for accessing and using the variety of online resources available. We (day and evening sections) will meet, face-to-face, once a week to discuss assigned material. Students are responsible for reading and studying assigned material prior to the weekly class meetings.

The basic objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the development of sociological theories of deviance, focusing on images of deviance as social constructs rather than as intrinsic elements of human behavior. An additional objective of this course is to survey the current information and research on selected types of deviance in contemporary society in order to understand the personal and social structural dimensions of the behavior, including the implications for social policy and social control (prevention and corrections). These issues will be analyzed within the context of the social definition of deviance and the changing nature of socially constructed reality.

Lectures, reading assignments, group discussion and outside projects will be used to assess and critique theories of deviance and to develop a sociological perspective on the various forms of deviant behavior.

Specifically, students will be expected to:

1. Analyze the major sociological theories of deviance and come to an understanding of the basic assumptions concerning social order and the relationship between the individual and the group in which these theories are grounded.

2. Understand and clarify the link between socio- historical change and social conceptions of deviance.

3. Examine the relative nature of deviance and the relationship between social power, social change and collective definitions of deviant behavior.

4. Develop an awareness of the distinction between understanding deviance as a social process embedded within the dynamic structure of society and deviance as an objective reality.

5. Develop an awareness of the forces of social control, their relationship to social conceptions of deviance, and their implications for individual behavior and social policies of prevention and control.

6. Develop an analysis of a current mode of socially defined deviance using the sociological perspective, relevant sociological theories, and current sociological research.

SOC 343, The Deviance Process
Maxwell School - Syracuse Univ. Syllabus
Dr. Debra Van Ausdale

This course is directed to the exploration of ideas including concepts and theories relevant to understanding the processes associated with what is traditionally referred to, in sociology, as deviant behavior and- in a less traditional way- ordinary social processes to which this model of deviance is applicable. The model should help with the understanding of intergroup discrimination, social stratification and other phenomena associated with life in society. -

SO. 400 Theories of Deviance
University of North Alabama - Department of Sociology
Syllabus: Professor: S. Alexander Takeuchi, Ph.D. (aka "Dr. T")

While "deviant" behavior largely overlaps with "abnormal," "immoral," and "criminal" behaviors, it is a much broader concept with strong sociological implications. This course explores major theories of deviance that are firmly grounded in both macro and micro sociology.
The main objective of this course is to provide the students with a working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches to the study of deviance by summarizing them, critically evaluating them, and to a certain extent by applying them to explain and predict specific forms of deviance that occur in our society. By the end of the course, students are expected to be familiar with major sociological theories that explain why some forms of behaviors are defined as deviance in a society, as well as why some members of the society are more prone to such forms of behaviors. In other words, the ultimate goal of this course is to help students gain a deeper understanding of human society by analyzing how society defines and creates deviance , and how people become deviant.

Traub, S. H. & Little C. B. (Eds). (1999). Theories of Deviance. (5th Ed.). F. E. Peacock Publishers, Inc.

Week 1 Course Introduction
Week 2 Deviance, Crime and Theory (Lecture-only)
Week 3 Functionalist Approach To Deviance Ch I (1-5)
Week 4 Social Disorganization Ch II (6,9&10)
Week 5 Anomie and Strain Ch III (11-15)
Week 7&8 Differential Association Ch IV (16&19)
Week 9 Techniques of Neutralization Ch IV (17,18&20)
Week 10 Control Theory Ch V (21,22&24)
Week 11 Self-Control Theory Ch V (23)
Week 13 Labeling and Deviance Ch VI (26-30)
Week 14 Conflict Theory of Deviance Ch VII (34&35)
Week 15 Medicalization of Deviance Ch VIII (38)
11/26 (Wed) - 11/30 (Sun) - Thanksgiving Break - No Class!
Week 16 Routine Activity Theory Ch VIII (39)
Rational Choice Theory Ch VIII (41)