SO325 Social Deviance

for F1T 2009

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SO 325 Social Deviance


F1T 2009 DL


Gee, Richard


Ph.D.-University of Missouri
M.S.- Oklahoma State University

Office Location

V irtual

Daytime Phone

309-333-9336 (Leave message and number, and I will return your call)


Semester Dates

August 17-October 11

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Stephen Pfohl. 1994. Images of Deviance and Social Control. Waveland Press
Sonny Barger . 2001. "Hell's Angel". Harper Paperbacks.

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Course Description:
SO325 Social Deviance: 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:

I am strongly committed to educating students and providing them with a comprehensive education.  As a sociologist, I feel it is my responsibility to provide instruction that is multi-faceted to provide students with knowledge and understanding of different perspectives.  This type of education will prepare students for life after college as ethical, knowledgeable, and contributory members of society.

I consider being an instructor as the most important role of a professor.  I encourage you to reflect on the skill and opportunities that a good education will provide.  I feel that a student should articulate their reasons for attending a course to establish goals for attaining knowledge.  I believe this helps in developing a productive and reflexive student-instructor relationship.

Class Assessment:

     Exams: Exams will be given for a midterm and final.  The midterm will be given at the end of week four which is an open book exam.  The final will be administered at the end of the semester, this is a closed book, closed note exam.  You will be provided a review sheet in week 7.


     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.  It is expected that you will post at least four times throughout the week.  The initial post should address between three and four of the discussion questions.  The remaining three should be responses to classmates posts.  The initial post is due by Thursday at Midnght (CST) each week.  The remaining posts are due by Sunday at Midnight (CST) each week.  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).  Each post must contain at least one citation in the context of your post. 

Deductions are as follows:

1 pt for each misspelled word (words spelled correctly, but wrong in context are seen as misspelled.)

1 pt. for failure to include at least one citation in the body of your post.  One is required for each post. If the citation is not from either book required for the course, a reference must be provided at the bottom of the post.

5 pts. for not having the first response by Thursday at midnight (CST).

5 pts for each post under four posts by weeks end. 

      Final Paper:  Your paper will be a theoretical analysis of Hell's Angel utilizing 3 of the different perspectives you studied throughout the term.  In your analysis, you should have an adequate representation of the theoretical paradigm, including limitations or critiques.  In writing this paper, you should pay particular attention to the maintaining of your academic voice and analytical purview, avoiding "I" statements and opinions.  The expectation is that you will analyze Hell's Angel 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 Hell's Angel 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 Reading Graded  Assignments Ungraded Activity Due dates
Exam Deadlines
1 Chapter 1 and 2-Intro and Demonic Discussion Seven Deadly Sins  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday

2 Chapter 3-Classical Discussion Global Incarceration Rates Analysis  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday

3 Chapter 4-Pathological Discussion Buck v. Bell Analysis  
4 Chapter 6- Functionalist Discussion Begin Hell's Angel analysis  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday
Exam taken by end of the week
5 Chapter 5 & 7- Social Disorganization and Anomie Discussion Hell's Angel analysis using Social disogranization and/or Anomie  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday

6       Chapter 8-Learning Perspective Discussion Hell's Angel analysis using Learning Perspective  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday
Proctor Forms Due be week's end
7 Chapter 9-Societal Reaction Perspective Discussion & Analytical Paper Hell's Angel analysis using societal reaction perspective  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday
Paper due: Sunday

8 Chapters 10 & 11- Critical Perspectives Discussion Preparation for final  1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday
Final Completed by the end of the week

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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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
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  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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