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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

SOCI 218: Social Deviance

Course Description

Introduction to theories and models of deviant behavior.  Reinforcement of the sociological perspective on human behavior.  Social control and the construction of categories of deviance.  Analysis of social conditions which impacts rates 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.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Goode, Erich. (2016). Deviant Behavior (10). New York: Routledge.
    • [ISBN-978-0205899661]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

In this course, you will be encouraged to question conventional ideas about deviance and deviants, learning to see beyond common stereotypes and prejudices. You will examine the various ways deviance is defined and gain an understanding of how various theories explain why and how people become deviant. You will look at what the experience of being defined as "deviant" means for the individual and the impact that various forms of deviant behavior have on society. Finally, you will take a critical look at whether society's response to deviance is proportional to the damage caused and threats posed by the deviant acts.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To articulate the sociological perspective on deviance as a concept.
  • To articulate the role of theory in the sociology 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 Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Articulate the methods used in research on social deviance.
  • Articulate how categories of deviance change over time.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 720-800 90-100%
B 640-719 80-89%
C 560-639 70-79%
D 480-559 60-69%
F 0-479 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (20) 200 25%
Papers (2) 200 25%
Quizzes (4) 200 25%
Final Exam (1) 200 25%
Total 800 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Wednesday
Discussion 2 10 Friday
Discussion 3 10 Sunday
Quiz 1 50
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Wednesday
Discussion 5 10 Friday
Discussion 6 10 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Wednesday
Discussion 8 10 Friday
Discussion 9 10 Sunday
Quiz 2 50
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 10 Wednesday
Discussion 11 10 Friday
Paper 1 100 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 12 10 Wednesday
Discussion 13 10 Friday
Discussion 14 10 Sunday
Quiz 3 50
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 10 Wednesday
Discussion 16 10 Friday
Discussion 17 10 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 18 10 Wednesday
Discussion 19 10 Friday
Paper 2 100 Sunday
Quiz 4 50
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 20 10 Wednesday
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 800

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There will be multiple discussions each week. These discussions are intended to help guide you through the content and enrich the textbook material.

Your initial post and one response to a classmate’s post per question are due by 11:59 pm CT on the appropriate day. Consult the Schedule of Due Dates in the syllabus and the Course Checklist in D2L regarding the specific due dates for each discussion.

Papers

During this course, you will complete two papers. The first paper will focus on white collar crimes while the second paper focuses on mental disorders and labeling theory. There are specific questions you will need to ensure you address in each paper. You will find more information about these papers in the Content area.

As you write your papers, apply what you’ve learned from our textbook, the videos on the topics, and the scholarly sources found through your research. Refer to the grading rubric in the Content area before starting to work on your paper.

Please submit your paper into the Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday of the appropriate week.

Quizzes

Each quiz may contain a combination of true/false, multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions. You will have one hour to complete each quiz. These quizzes will cover the content from the textbook during that week.

Submit your quiz by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday of the appropriate week.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will consist of short answer essays. The Final Exam is a proctored exam. Note you may not consult books, notes, flash drives, or web pages during the proctored exam. I will provide you with a review sheet for the Final Exam during Week 6. Please use the review sheet to prepare for the final exam.

You will need to submit your proctor information to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday of Week 2.

You must complete your Final Exam by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 8.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: What is Deviance and How Does it Relate to Sociology?
Readings
Chapter 1
Discussion 1
Please introduce yourself to your instructor and classmates. Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live? What is your major? What are your favorite hobbies?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 2
Explain the difference between societal deviance and situational deviance. Also, identify an attitude, behavior or condition that would be deviant in mainstream society but not deviant in a particular situation or subculture. Lastly, explain why definitions of deviance are relative.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Discussion 3
One of the founders of sociology, Emile Durkheim, believed that deviants played a functional role in society. He's quoted as saying, "Deviance affirms cultural values and norms. Any definition of virtue rests on an opposing idea of vice: There can be no good without evil and no justice without crime". What is your interpretation of this quote? Applying what you've learned from Chapter 1 and the video clip in the Content section, explain whether or not you agree with Durkheim's assertion that deviants serve a purpose in our society and provide your reasoning.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmates by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Quiz 1
Quiz 1 covers the content from Chapter 1. Submit your quiz by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Week 2: Explaining and Constructing Deviance
Readings

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Discussion 4
Identify and explain three theories from Chapter 2. Apply each of the three theories to one deviant behavior (illegal or legal) of your choice. How would each theory explain why that behavior occurs?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 5
After reading Chapter 3, compare and contrast functionalism's view of deviance (such as that of Emile Durkheim) with conflict theory's view of deviance. Consider a functionalist view of deviance. What aspects do you agree with and which aspects do you disagree? With regards to the conflict theory of deviance, what do you agree with and which aspects do you disagree? Support your reasoning with information from our course materials.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Discussion 6
Compare and contrast essentialism and constructionism. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of essentialist theories and constructionist theories when studying deviance. Make sure to provide examples from our readings to support your claims.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Poverty as Deviance and Crime and Criminalization
Readings

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Discussion 7
Explain the dominant cultural values and beliefs in the United States that contribute to poverty and the view of the poor as deviant. Contrast the public's perception of poverty and the poor to reality. Incorporate facts from Chapter 4 within your analysis.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 8
Define the term "crime" and contrast the difference between deviance and crime. Provide an example of an act that may be considered deviant but is not considered a crime. Provide an example of an action that is a crime but may not be considered deviant to many Americans.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Discussion 9
List and explain the six conclusions of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Applying what you learned about property crime and violent crime from Chapter 5, compare the public's interpretation of crime to the statistical reality of crime.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Quiz 2
Quiz 2 covers the content from Chapters 4 and 5. Submit your quiz by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Week 4: White Collar Crime
Readings
Chapter 6
Discussion 10
Explain the concept of structural deviance (also called organizational deviance). How is structural deviance different from individual deviance?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 11
Summarize Edwin Sutherland's research and ideas about white collar crime. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of his theory. What do you think Sutherland would say about white collar crime if he were still alive during the 2008 financial crisis?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Paper 1
White collar crime is a form of structural deviance that impacts all of us on a daily basis. Nevertheless, its significance is not recognized by the public or by the media. This week you will write a paper that discusses white-collar crime from a sociological perspective. Your paper should:

• Define the concepts of white collar crime and corporate crime,
• Explain the concept of structural deviance and how it contributes to fewer punishments for white collar criminals (including corporate criminals),
• Explain the correlative features of corporate crime,
• Identify and discuss three cases of white collar crime or corporate crime and the outcome for the offender(s) and victims (such as the public), and
• Apply conflict theory to analyze white collar and corporate crimes.

Apply what you’ve learned from our textbook, the video for this week, and the scholarly sources found through your research to the paper. Refer to the grading rubric in the Content area before starting to work on your paper. Please submit your paper into the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Week 5: Drug Abuse
Readings

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Discussion 12
Discuss the correlation between alcohol use and violent crime. How would self-control theory explain this correlation?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 13
Marijuana has become legalized for medicinal and recreational use in more and more states in the past few decades. Explain how the perception of marijuana has changed in the United States over time and what factors impacted these changes. Choose a theory from Chapter 2 or Chapter 3 and explain how you applied it to marijuana's legality.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Discussion 14
Define moral panic and identify moral panics that have occurred in the past. What is an example of a moral panic about a drug that recently occurred or one that you think is likely to occur in the future? Apply what you’ve learned from Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 into your analysis.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Quiz 3
Quiz 3 covers the content from Chapters 7 and 8. Submit your quiz by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Week 6: Sexual Deviance and Cognitive Deviance
Readings

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Discussion 15
Who, what, how, where, and when influence sexual deviance. Identify three examples of sexual behavior that were formerly deviant but are becoming more acceptable. Also, apply the concept of constructionism to the topic of sexual deviance.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 16
Define cognitive deviance and provide an example of a belief that would be deviant to a particular audience. Discuss and apply the concept of mutual deviantization to the example you’ve chosen.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Discussion 17
Compare and contrast Max Weber's and Karl Marx's ideas on belief systems. Which points of theirs do you agree and disagree?

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Mental Disorders and Deviant Physical Characteristics
Readings

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Discussion 18
How have deinstitutionalization and an increase in chemical treatments affected the treatment of people with mental disorders and cultural perceptions of mental disorders? Interpret these changes through the lens of either Conflict Theory or Contrology (your choice). Apply what you've learned from Chapter 11.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Discussion 19
Erving Goffman uses the term "normals" to describe people who fit society's expectations of normality regarding ability and appearance. How have the media, the internet, and social networking sites contributed to both the stigmatization of the "non-normals" and the increase in tertiary deviance to resist stigmatization? Provide information and examples from Chapter 12 or current events to demonstrate your understanding of these concepts.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Friday.
Paper 2
Through this paper, you will learn how labeling theory applies to mental disorders. Read Rosenhan's article "On Being Sane in Insane Places" and address the following prompts within your paper:

1. Describe Rosenhan’s study and its findings,
2. Define labeling theory and modified labeling theory,
3. How are labeling theory and modified labeling theory applied to the topic of mental disorders (be sure to identify theorists and their ideas),
4. Explain how labeling theory or modified labeling theory would interpret higher rates of mental disorders among women and the poor.
5. Discuss what you would do if you were institutionalized involuntarily to prove your sanity. What challenges would you face?

Apply what you've learned from our textbook, the article assigned this week, and the scholarly sources found through your research to the paper. Refer to the grading rubric in the Content area before starting to work on your paper.

Submit your paper into the appropriate Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Quiz 4
Quiz 4 covers the content from Chapters 11 and 12. Submit your quiz by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.
Week 8: Tribal Stigma and Course Summary
Readings

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Discussion 20
Explain the concepts of tribal stigma and mutual vilification. Discuss tribal stigma's inherent connection to the dehumanization of a particular group. Provide two examples from Chapter 13 or current events that illustrate the concept of tribal stigma.

Submit your initial post and response to a classmate by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.
Final Exam
The final exam will consist of short answer essays and will cover all material from the course. The Final Exam is a proctored exam. You may not consult books, notes, flash drives, or web pages during the exam. I will post the review sheet for the final exam during Week 6. Please use the review sheet to prepare for the final exam.

You must submit your Final Exam by 11:59 pm CT, Saturday.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

Please use an organizer or planner to keep track of due dates for coursework, as I expect you to submit coursework on time. The late policy is meant to accommodate rare times when "life happens" and it is impossible for you to submit coursework on time.

Coursework can be submitted up to two (2) days late with a -10% penalty.
Coursework submitted more than two days late will automatically receive a grade of zero points.
The Final Exam must be taken by the scheduled date. It cannot be submitted late.
No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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