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

Lynette Osborne

Ph.D., Purdue University

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Interests

Gender, Education, Women/Minorities in STEM, Deviance, Research Methods/Statistics, Evaluation Research

SOC 366 • Deviance

46293 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm RLM 5.122
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Course Description

This course examines deviant behavior in the US.  The course begins by defining different types of deviance (negative and positive).  Discussions of types of deviance, how/why we define certain activities as deviant, how deviance changes over time, and how we understand deviant behavior through theories will be the main focus of the course. Empirical, peer reviewed journal articles will be used to learn about current deviance research findings.  Theory articles will be used to demonstrate core theories and how they can be used to understand and predict behavior.

Learning Objectives

By the end of a successfully completed term, students will be able to:

  • define deviance and understand the difference between positive and negative deviance;
  • explain how ideas about what counts as deviance changes over time and how these changes are reflected in society;
  • discuss current research on deviance in the US; 
  • explain and apply various theoretical approaches to deviant behavior.

Additional Objectives

This course is also designed to teach and/or improve the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • professional/academic writing
  • comprehension of challenging material

Required Materials:                 

Articles:  required articles will be posted on Bb as .pdf or .doc attachments.

Films:  viewing several films is also required.  Titles are on the schedule.  You may find them online or order them from a source like Netflix or iTunes.

Grading:

In class participation  75 point

Reading Briefs           50 points

Journal Analysis         25 points

Three exams             50 points each

Project                     100 points

Grading scale

100-90 = A, 89-88 = B+, 87-80 = B, 79-78 = C+, 77-70 = C, 69-68 = D+, 67-60 = D, below 59 = F

As a general rule, I do not assign minuses (-).  If you earn an 80%, you get the B.  However, in circumstances when the grade is earned by rounding up, a minus will be assigned (e.g.:  79.9=B-).

 

 

SOC 318 • Juvenile Delinquency

46371 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.102
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COURSE DESCRIPTION 

In this course, we will engage in an analysis of historical, economic, and social conditions affecting both difficulties in socializing youth and the evolution of the state's formal systems of control.  We will also learn about current issues in youth and delinquency as well as programs designed to aid in deterrence and rehabilitation of youth.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, students will be able to

  • Describe historical trends in delinquency
  • Identify and describe current trends in youth and delinquency
  • Use sociological theories of deviance to analyze trends
  • Identify and interpret data from government sources
  • Analyze scholarly research on delinquency

SOC 366 • Deviance

46500 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GDC 6.202
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Description 

Substantively, the course is an introduction to sociological perspectives on deviance and social control.  Students will read sociological research on a variety of topics, ranging from relatively harmless social diversions to serious and possibly shocking rule violations. 

By its very nature, the study of deviance involves subject matter that some people regard as offensive.  You are not asked to give up your own ethical standards.  You are expected to:

(1) examine your own values dispassionately, as one kind of datum about your own socialization and culture; and

(2) bracket your own values while you apply sociological perspectives to understand various examples of deviance. 

Your own experience is a resource for critical thought about the concepts examined here; at the same time, you should try not to become overly sensitive or defensive about sociological handling of social arenas in which you participate.  The objective of the sociological approach is to understand social processes, not to judge.

Texts

Required

Adler and Adler, Constructions of Deviance, 7th ed.

Recommended

ASA Style Guide, 4th ed. (order from ASA online book store:  http://www.e-noah.net/asa/asashoponlineservice/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=ASAOE701S10); or

ASA Style Guide, 3rd ed. (short version available online free:  http://www.asanet.org/Quick%20Style%20Guide.pdf)

 

 

Requirements and grading:                                            

Writing Requirement:

The writing emphasis is on developing a scholarly voice and style.  The assignments are six short papers (250-300 words), each focusing on the analysis of a scholarly article, and a longer review of the literature (6-8 pagers), analyzing and organizating information on a topic of particular interest to you.

The assignments for the course should take an average of about six hours per week to complete. 

Grading:

7 short papers (omit one or drop the lowest grade)                   30%

Long paper (draft and final version)                                        30%

Presentation                                                                          5%

Feedback on classmates’ presentations                                     5%

Hour exam                                                                           20%

Daily work

(informal writing, pop quizzes feedback on short papers)   10%

Specific instructions for all papers will be posted on Blackboard. 

Grading Scale

94-100+           A

90-93               A-

87-89               B+

84-86               B

80-83               B-

etc.

SOC 366 • Deviance

46268 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 108
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Course Description

This course examines deviant behavior in the US.  The course begins by defining different types of deviance (negative and positive).  Discussions of types of deviance, how/why we define certain activities as deviant, how deviance changes over time, and how we understand deviant behavior through theories will be the main focus of the course. Empirical, peer reviewed journal articles will be used to learn about current deviance research findings.  Theory articles will be used to demonstrate core theories and how they can be used to understand and predict behavior.

Learning Objectives

By the end of a successfully completed term, students will be able to:

  • define deviance and understand the difference between positive and negative deviance;
  • explain how ideas about what counts as deviance changes over time and how these changes are reflected in society;
  • discuss current research on deviance in the US; 
  • explain and apply various theoretical approaches to deviant behavior.

Additional Objectives

This course is also designed to teach and/or improve the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • professional/academic writing
  • comprehension of challenging material

Required Materials:                 

Articles:  required articles will be posted on Bb as .pdf or .doc attachments.

Films:  viewing several films is also required.  Titles are on the schedule.  You may find them online or order them from a source like Netflix or iTunes.

Grading:

In class participation  75 point

Reading Briefs           50 points

Journal Analysis         25 points

Three exams             50 points each

Project                     100 points

Grading scale

100-90 = A, 89-88 = B+, 87-80 = B, 79-78 = C+, 77-70 = C, 69-68 = D+, 67-60 = D, below 59 = F

As a general rule, I do not assign minuses (-).  If you earn an 80%, you get the B.  However, in circumstances when the grade is earned by rounding up, a minus will be assigned (e.g.:  79.9=B-).

 

 

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