Deviance & Social Control

Deviance & Social Control

  1. Module Title: Deviance & Social Control
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 444
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course will expose students to a wide spectrum of theories and data on deviance. In addition, students will learn more about specific deviant behaviors. More importantly, they will be challenged to think about and evaluate the preconceptions and bias they may have picked up from conventional society.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of issues in relation to social deviance and control
    • Synthesize information on all facets or dimensions of social deviance and control
    • Analyze and reflect on issues regarding social deviance and control
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • What Is Deviant Behaviour?
    • Positivist Theories
    • Constructionist Theories
    • Physical Violence
    • Rape and Child Molestation
    • Family Violence
    • Suicide
    • Mental Disorder
    • Heterosexual Deviance
    • Gays and Other Victims of Stigma
    • Drug Use
    • Drinking and Alcoholism
    • Privileged Deviance
    • Underprivileged Deviance
    • Internet Deviance

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