Sociology | Deviant Behavior and Social Control
S320 | 26484 | Scull


What is deviance?  Who gets to decide who is deviant?  What are the
consequences of deviance for the individual?  For society?  In this
class, we will use a sociological lens to explore these questions.  We
will examine sociological theories of deviance, social order, and
social power.  By examining a variety of deviant behaviors, we will
attempt to understand how different groups gain control over social
definitions and the consequences these definitions have in the form of
norms, laws, and informal social sanctions.  We will then turn to the
ways in which these definitions impact the individual, namely how
people construct and manage their identities.