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SOC 216 - Sociology of Deviance

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

In this course, students analyze a variety of deviant behaviors using sociological, critical and cross-cultural perspectives. Deviance is any activity or action that attracts widespread social disapproval and may include criminal or non-criminal behaviors. Topics include homicide, rape, family violence, mental disorders, unconventional sexuality, drug use, suicide, physical characteristics and appearance, unconventional behavior and freedom of expression. A strong focus is on deviance as a driver of social change.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. List behaviors or characteristics people commonly identify as deviant.
  2. Differentiate between criminal and non-criminal deviance.
  3. Evaluate the influence of social characteristics such as race/ethnicity, sex/gender, age, social class, national origin or religion in defining deviance and resultant social control.
  4. Apply major sociological theories of deviance including functionalism, conflict theory, labeling, strain theory, differential association, control theory and phenomenology. 
  5. Discuss deviance as a catalyst for social change.
Listed Topics
  1. Definitions of deviant behaviors/characteristics
  2. Criminal deviance
  3. Non-criminal deviance
  4. Theories of deviance
  5. Social norms
  6. Stigma
  7. Social control
  8. Responses to deviance based on social characteristics
  9. Cultural attitudes toward deviance
  10. Deviance and social change
Reference Materials
Textbooks and other books, academic articles, news and media sources, publicly available data sets, online resources including video materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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