SO325 Social Deviance

for S1E 2010

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SO 325 Social Deviance


S1E 2010 PE


Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD


Adjunct Faculty


PhD Sociology

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Semester Dates

1/10/10 - 3/7/10

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Stephen Pfohl. 1994. Images of Deviance and Social Control. McGraw Hill

Barger, Sonny.  2001. Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

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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:
My top priority when teaching students in Sociology classes is to assist in the development of critical thinking skills. My goal is to create a safe, fun, and interactive environment to facilitate a student’s ability to explore new ways of viewing themselves, their communities, and the world. I employ various modalities in the classroom, including lecture, power point presentations, facilitated discussion, group work, role-playing, and multimedia analysis.

Class Assessment:

Exam:  A final exam will be given at the end of the 8th class. The final exam will be comprehensive and students are responsible for material from the textbook, lectures, and class discussions. This is a closed book, closed note exam.

Research Paper: Your paper will be a theoretical analysis of Hell's Angels utilizing three 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 applying your critical thinking skills as developed in class.  The expectation is that you will analyze Hell's Angels and not give opinion as to the activities he documents in his book.  The paper should be between 5-7 pages.  The grading rubric will be reviewed in class as well as posted online. 

Class Participation: You will be expected to participate in class discussions each week and add to the class environment of learning.

Weekly Assignment on Readings: Each week students will be expected to hand in a typed assignment based on the assigned readings for the week. Students will be asked to: 1) Write three new ideas they learned with a commentary as to why that material resonated with them, and 2) Write two questions or topics for discussion.  Details will be reviewed in class and posted online.

Weekly Presentation on Deviance Observation: To develop critical thinking skills around topics of social deviance, it is valuable to immediately apply class material and this sociological lens to your observations outside of class.  Each week students will be responsible for sharing a social deviance observation and application of critical thinking skills. Details will be provided in class and posted online.


You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final exam, a research reaction paper, class discussion participation, weekly homework assignments, and weekly observation presentations. Points will be assigned as follows:

Comprehensive Final Exam

100 points

Research Paper

100 points

Weekly Class Participation

 80 points

(10 pts x 8 wks)

Weekly Assignment on Readings

105 points

(15 pts x 7 wks)

Weekly Presentation on Deviance Observation

84 points

(12 pts x 7 wks)


469 points

Final course grades will be determined as follows:


90% - 100%

421 points and higher


80% - 89%

373 – 420 points


70% - 79%

326 – 372 points


60% - 69%

280 – 325 points


59% and lower

279 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor must be notified and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family emergencies prior to the project submission deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Civility. Some sociological theories 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.  Abusive language will not be tolerated, as respect must be shown to everyone.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Reading Due


Assignments Due



Social Deviance, Social Control, and Critical Thinking



Ch. 1 & 2

Demonic Perspective

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 3

Classical Perspective

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 4

Read through Ch. 6 of Hell’s Angel

Pathological Perspective

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 5

Social Disorganization Perspective

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 6 & 7

Functionalist & Anomie Perspectives

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 8

Hell’s Angel completed

Learning Perspective

*Hell's Angels Research Paper,

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation


Ch. 9, pp. 401-404, and pp. 469-487

Societal Reaction Perspective & Application of Critical Perspectives

*Final Exam at end of class,

Assignment on Readings,

Presentation on Observation

Academic Honesty:
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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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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  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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  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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Additional Information:

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