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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2008

SOC 308 • Sexual Deviance and Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46466 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 301

Course Description

This course is a critical examination of the sociology of deviant sexual behaviors. The purpose of this course is to enhance the student's knowledge in the sociological study of gender in the framework of sexual deviance. The course will integrate deviance, criminology, and gender studies through the following core areas of study: sexual behaviors, deviant sexual acts, and sex crimes and victimology.

Course Objective:
By the end of this course students will understand the deviant and the gendered structures of society. Students will have learned to integrate three major areas of study in sociology: criminology, deviance, and gender. A perspective paper will also help students enhance their writing abilities and develop analytical skills. Through learning about a society through a gendered lens, students will also develop an increased understanding for all persons.

Grading Policy

3 tests 100 points each
5 minute papers 20 points each
Position paper 100 points (outline: 25 points, final paper: 75 points)
Total: 500 points

Final Grade
A = 450-500 points
B = 400-449 points
C = 350-399 points
D = 300-349 points
F = < 300 points

There will be three tests throughout the semester and one final cumulative exam. One test grade will be dropped. There are no make-up tests. You may take all four tests if you wish, but only the top three grades will be used to determine the final grade. All tests will be composed of multiple-choice questions pulled from both the lecture and the readings.

Minute papers will be assigned on 5 randomly selected days throughout the session. During class, you will be required to write a 'minute paper.' This is not only a check of your attendance, it is also a check of your understanding of the material. All readings must be done before class to sufficiently complete minute papers. These papers are also a way to communicate your qualms and concerns to the instructor. You must turn in all 5 minute papers throughout the semester in order to receive the full 100 points. No make-ups for minute papers will be accepted.

You will be writing a paper using a sociological perspective on a particular topic. Because many sociological issues are current hot debates, this paper will allow you to explore such issues from a sociological perspective. You will create an argument and support it using sociological concepts that you will learn in this class. Topics will be provided from which you are to choose. The paper will be 5-7 pages double spaced in size 12 point Times New Roman. More specifics on this paper will be provided closer to the due date. An outline will be due several weeks before the final paper is due and is worth 25 points and the final paper is worth 75 points. Late papers and outlines will be deducted 10 points every day after the due date.


Ronald Holmes and Steven Holmes, Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior, 3rd edition, Sage Publications, 2008
A course packet of readings will also be available at COPY CENTER.


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