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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2009

SOC 308 • Sexual Deviance and Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45535 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
NOA 1.102

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.

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 for all above is 500 points

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


Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior, by Ronald Holmes and Steven Holmes, Sage Publications, 3rd edition, 2008
A course packet of readings will also be available at Jenn's Copies, (noted as CP on the syllabus with corresponding reading numbers)


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