SO325 Social Deviance

for U1T 2008

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SO 325 Social Deviance


U1T 2008 DLA


Slater, Amy M.


Adjunct Faculty


MA Human Development Counseling, University of Illinois
BS Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University
AAS Law Enforcement, John A. Logan College MA Sociology (2009) University of Central Missouri

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Semester Dates

June 2, 2008 - July 27, 2008

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Stephen Pfohl. 1994. Images of Deviance and Social Control. McGraw Hill
Sanyika Shakur.        Monster: Autobiography of an LA Gang Member.  Grove Press.

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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 responsibility as an instructor is to be a facilitator and coach to all students.  I strive to create a very interactive class by using lectures, quizes and discussions.  The material will be presented in different ways to encourage the exchange of ideas.

Class Assessment:

Exams: Exams will be given for a midterm and final.  The midterm will be given at the end of week four.  The final will be administered at the end of the semester, this is a closed book, closed note exam.

 Class Participation:  You will be expected to participate in online discussions with your classmates.  There will be discussion threads for each week that you will have to conduct online conversations about what you have read in the text, but also related to the class activities.  You will be assessed on answering the questions, contributions to the discussion, and grammar and spelling ("I agree with your post" does not constitute a post.  You must add to the discussion). 

 Final Paper:  Your paper will be a theoretical analysis of Monster utilizing 3 of the different perspectives you studied throughout the term.  You should use at least three different components from each perspective in your analysis.  In writing this paper, you should pay particular attention to the maintaining of your academic voice and analytical purview.  The expectation is that you will analyze Monster and not give opinion as to the activities he documents in his book.  The paper should be between 5-7 pages.  The grading rubric is posted in the course shell.  You will expected to begin formulating your analysis in the later portion of the course in the class activities section of the course.


            Exams 2 @ 160 pts.                                                                                 320

                        Questions from text                                                   

            Final Paper

                  Analysis of Monster from 3 perspectives                                           140     

Class Participation                                                                               160

___4 posts per week answering discussion questions and posts___________

            Total                                                                                                        620






Late Submission of Course Materials:
No Late work 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 (this included prejudicial 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

            Week 1- Chapters 1&2 Introduction and The Demonic Perspective

            Week 2- Chapter 3The Classical Perspective

            Week 3- Chapter 4 The Pathological Perspective

            Week 4- Chapter 6  The Functionalist Perspective


            Week 5-Chapter 5&7 Anomic and Social Disorganization

             (Begin analysis of Monster in Class activity)

            Week 6- Chapter 8 Learning Perspective

            (Proctor Forms Due by End of the Week)

            Week 7-Chapter 9 The Societal Reaction Perspective

             (Analytical Paper Due by end of week)

            Week 8- Chapter 10 & 11 The Critical Perspective

            (Final exam)

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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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