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Summer 2018

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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.
This is an online course that will not meet on campus. Most course activities and interactions will occur asynchronously and online through Tufts Canvas, the university's learning management system. You can take this course from anywhere, as long as you have a reliable internet connection (broadband highly recommended). Online courses are held to the same academic standards as campus-based courses and students can expect high levels of interaction with faculty and classmates.
Online courses at Tufts are not self-paced, however they typically offer much more flexibility for students. Typically, course content is organized in a weekly structure, so students will be expected to login and participate regularly. However students can generally set their own schedule within each week as long as assignments and activities are completed on time.
All online courses will have regular instructor office hours where students have an opportunity to speak to their teacher, via telephone or web conferencing. Some courses may require a live session(s), where students are expected to login to a web conferencing site at a certain date and time.
Some online courses require proctored exams. Students in the area can come to the Medford campus to take these exams at a specific date and time. Students taking the course truly from a distance will need to identify an acceptable proctor and go through Summer Session's proctor verification process.

Instructor: Jill Weinberg           Instructor Website

Offered in: Second session
Class Dates: Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Day(s): Online           Online Session Times: Online
Credit Value: 3          Call Number:      50043

Audit Enroll Option: No                     
Status: Open


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