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

Spring 2009

SOC 366 • Deviance

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45755 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
BUR 208
Aseltine

Course Description

Social deviance is an important and contested concept in the discipline of sociology. While deviants, by definition, exist on the margins of society, there is much that can be learned in these margins about how our society functions. Through the study of deviance and deviants, sociologists have sought to address a broad range of complex questions about how human societies operate, including: How is social order maintained?, Who has social power and how is this social power used?, How do individuals negotiate their identities?, etc. In this course, we will address these larger questions through the consideration of various forms of deviant behavior (including alcohol and drug use, crime, sexual and physical deviance). We will consider theories that attempt to make sense of deviance in our society, the variation of deviant definitions across time and space, how social power is used to shape notions of deviance and how these notions become translated into practices that impact the lives of those dubbed as deviant, and, finally, how those defined as deviant negotiate their deviant identity.

Grading Policy

Three exams worth 100 points each
4 short reports worth 25 points each
Participation/Attendance worth 50 points
Total points available: 450

Texts

Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context and Interaction, edited by Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, 2009, 6th edition
Erich Goode, Deviance in Everyday Life, 2002
Additional articles may be assigned and will be made available on Blackboard
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