Sociology | Deviant Behavior & Social Control
S320 | 4111 | Suarez


OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY

What is deviance?  Who is deviant?  Who decides what is deviant?
When, where, and why is a behavior considered deviant or not?  How is
deviance controlled?  Are these methods of social control effective
and/or appropriate?  These questions and more will be explored
through a sociological perspective examining how deviance changes
over time and place as well as how deviance is controlled and created
by society.  In this course, we will learn about various theoretical
explanations of deviance and social control.  We will also apply
these theories to a variety of social issues, which may or may not be
considered deviant.  Through this course, we will gain a heightened
awareness of how to interpret and locate pressing social issues in
American society as they relate to our individual lives as well as
society as a whole.