SO 325 Social Deviance
F1T 2008 DLA
Slater, Amy M.
MA Human Development Counseling, University of IllinoisBS Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University, AAS Law Enforcement, John A. Logan CollegeMA Sociology (2009) University of Central Missouri
By appointment only
8-18-08 to 10-12-08
Pfohl, S. Images of Deviance and Social Control
Shakur, S. Monster: Autobiography of an LA Gang Member
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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 points
Discussion Questions 8 @ 20 pts = 160 points
Final Paper 1 @ 140 pts = 140 points
Class Participation 8 @ 20 pts = 160 points
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
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