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Title:   Deviant Behavior (Online)      

Course Number:      SOC 0149B   
Room: Online

Course Description:

Observers of human societies are always fascinated with explaining why some members violate commonly accepted standards of conduct. Why are some people evil, mad, dangerous, immoral, or just plain odd? What should we do to stop, cure, or punish these individuals? This course begins by treating social order - not deviance - as the social phenomenon that needs explanation. We will first seek to understand social control, that is, the social processes involved in establishing and maintaining rules and conformity. Only then, will we consider the issue of what constitutes deviant behavior, how and why it occurs, and what is done about it. Social control is what give a social order its power. How are the boundaries of social acceptability embraced, resisted, and rejected?
This course considers several major theoretical explanations of deviant behavior. These theories emphasize different aspects of the organization and dynamics of deviance as a social production: how and under what conditions do certain behaviors come to be defined as deviance; how and under what circumstances do individuals or groups become deviant; and, how  is  a  deviant identity managed? We will examine various informal as well as institutional strategies for controlling deviants and reducing deviant behavior.


Instructor: Jill Weinberg           Instructor Website

Offered in: Second session
Class Dates: Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017 to Friday, Aug 11, 2017
Day(s): Online           Online Session Times: Anytime
Credit Value: 1          Call Number:      50190

Audit Enroll Option: No                     
Status: Open


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