SO325 Social Deviance

for S1T 2013

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SO 325 Social Deviance


S1T 2013 DLA


Myers, Rhonda G.


Adjunct Faculty Instructor


M.S.W. - University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work
B.S. in Sociology, Psychology - University of Houston

Office Location

Virtual Online Office

Office Hours

All - 24-48 Hour response

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 14th - March 10th, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Stephen Pfohl. 1994. Images of Deviance and Social Control. McGraw Hill
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 believe that knowledge opens our mind to ever widening horizons with each course that we take.  New knowledge gained and lively discussions in the classroom take us from limited perspectives to greater understandings and perceptions of life. 

I believe a good instructor inspires students to reach for greater skills in the academic classroom, viewing education not just as a means for career advancement but as a place to garner new skills and knowledge that contribute to the development of a better society.   I believe in the success of all my students and encourage their active involvement in their environment and world. 

Together we can make this class enjoyable and fun, while facilitating learning.  Feel free to contact me for any difficulties that may arise. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Summarize and critique the major theories of deviance
  2. 2. Identify and critique methods of social control
  3. 3. Explain criminalized deviance such as prohibition or narcotics
  4. 4. Describe the relationship between social control, race, class, gender and power.
  5. 5. Describe the reactions to social control such as resistance
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 conduct online conversations about what you have read in the text, as well as those 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).  Each post must contain at least one citation in the context of your post utilizing proper APA formatting style.  Rubrics will be posted at course home, and include the above details. FOUR posts are required per course week, with the first post made by Thursday midnight, to include two main posts and two posts in response to your peers. 

Core Assessment Final Paper:
  Your paper will be a theoretical analysis of Hell's Angel utilizing 3 of the different perspectives you studied throughout the term.  You are required to use at least three different components from each perspective in your analysis.  In writing this paper, you are required to pay particular attention to the maintaining of your academic voice and analytical purview.  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, not including the title, abstract, and reference pages.  This paper will include a minimum of one peer reviewed journal article and a minimum of two other professional academic references as required to document each of the three different theoretical perspectives.  The grading rubric is posted in the course shell.  You will be 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.  

     Based on Questions from Text                                                                         


Final Paper

     Analysis of Hell’s Angel from 3 perspectives


Class Participation

     4 Posts per week answering discussion questions

     Of which 2 are peer responses






Class Grading Rubric:










Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments will be due on the dates listed in your e-college weekly course schedule. You are expected to organize and manage your time so that you are able to meet the expectations of this class. No assignment will be accepted after the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances that you have discussed with the instructor. It is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor to discuss the situation and seek approval for submission of late work.  If the instructor agrees to accept the late work, 2 points will be deducted for the late assignment.  Assignments not submitted on the due date or without approval from the instructor, will receive a grade of "zero."  No late assignments will be accepted after the end of Week 6.

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 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 1st post by Thursday
Remainder by Sunday

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 disoganization 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 by 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 Exam 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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  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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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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