Sociology | Deviant Behvior & Social Control (3 CR)
S320 | 11513 | Backstrom
2:30PM-3:45PM MW GY 126
Above class open to undergraduates only
This course examines the way that society defines, constructs, and
produces deviance. In order to understand the way that deviance and
social control operate, we will begin the course by exploring and
applying critical concepts and sociological theories of deviance to
cultural representations of crime, drug use, and sexuality in
various media. Then, we will use case studies to examine various
substantive topics in deviance including suicide, violence, sexual
behavior, substance abuse, mental illness, and punk subcultures.
Finally, we will examine group deviance by looking at cult
membership, and the course will culminate with a unit on the social
construction of deviant bodies and disability.