SO325 Social Deviance

for U1T 2008

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SO 325 Social Deviance


U1T 2008 DL


Gee, Richard



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Pfohl, S. Images of Deviance and Social Control

Shakur, S. Monster: Autobiography of an LA Gang Member

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Course Description:
Survey of major theories of deviance and social control. Analyzes specific behaviors and identities commonly regarded as deviant: violence, property crimes, drug use, mental illness unconventional sexual behaviors, suicide and self-destructive behaviors, among others. Explores both official and informal response to deviantized behaviors, including criminalization and stigmatization, and their cross-cultural variation. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My goal is to provide you with a variety of lenses through which to view deviance.  I want you to be able to implement these theories in your everyday lives.

Class Assessment:
There will be two exams with the final being closed book and closed note.  You will also be expected to participate in the class discussion every week a number of times through answering questions and responding to your classmates posts.  You will also be expected to produce an analytical paper near the end of the semester that uses the knowledge you have acquired to interpret an additional text.


            Exams 2 @ 160 pts.                                                                            320

                          Questions from text                                                   

            Final Paper                                                                                          140     

Class Participation                                                                              160


            Total                                                                                                    620

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Civility: Some sociological theories do challenge common conceptions and beliefs on subjects. Classroom discussions are a vital part of the learning process.  This class needs to be a participatory community of students engaging these theories if students are to fulfill their potential for learning.  Some forms of argument are improper for a University classroom.  Screaming at other students or the instructor, abusive language, or attempting to silence an opposing view through verbal intimidation will not be tolerated.  Such actions can and will result in Draconian consequences. In order to achieve our educational goals and to encourage the expression, testing, understanding and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions, respect must be shown to everyone.


Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious violation of University conduct regulations.  Students who engage in dishonesty in any form shall be charged with academic dishonesty.  Please see your student handbook for a definition of all types of academic dishonesty.  If you are found to have violated the academic integrity policy of this university, you will be given a failing grade for the class.  For clarification of the specific policies, students should familiarize themselves with the undergraduate catalog section on academic honesty and plagiarism.


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            Week 1- Chapters 1&2

            Week 2- Chapter 3

            Week 3- Chapter 4

            Week 4- Chapter 6

            Week 5-Chapter 5&7

            Week 6- Chapter 8

            Week 7-Chapter 9 &10

            Week 8- Chapter 11

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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