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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 218
Course Title: Social Deviance
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Nature, theories and models of deviant behavior. Categories and causes of deviance including violence, sexual deviance, mental illness, substance abuse, street crime and white collar crime. Societal responses to deviance. The uses of stigma to label deviants.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring and even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Deviant Behavior
By Thio, Alex (Allyn and Bacon)
Readings in Deviant Behavior
By Thio, Alex and Thomas C. Calhoun (Allyn and Bacon)
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
By Clinard, Marshall B. and Robert F. Meier (Thomson)
Constructions of Deviance
By Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler (Thomson)
Elite Deviance
By Simon, David R. (Allyn and Bacon)
Deviant Behavior: Crime, Conflict, and Interest Groups
By McCaghy, Charles H., Timothy A. Capron, J.D. Jamieson and Sandra Harley Carey (Allyn and Bacon)
Deviant Behavior
By Humphrey, John A. (Prentice Hall)
Deviance and Social Control: A Reader
By Weitzer, Ronald (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To explore the various theories of deviance.
  • To think critically about the role of social power in defining categories of deviance.
  • To analyze the manner in which society responds to deviant behavior.
  • To understand the nature and sources of deviant behavior.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain the concepts of deviance and social control.
  • Evaluate the merits of various theories of deviance.
  • Describe the role of authority in defining deviance.
  • Explain the sources of criminal and non-criminal deviance.
  • Explain approaches to dealing with deviance.
    Topical Outline:
  • Defining deviance
  • Positivist theories of deviance
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Suicide
  • Mental disorders
  • Sexual deviance
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Elite deviance
  • Underprivileged deviance
  • Victims of stigma
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: October 31, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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