— Ph.D., Purdue University
- E-mail: LOsborne@utexas.edu
- Phone: 202-716-6225
- Office: CLA 4.606
- Campus Mail Code: A1700
SOC 318 • Juvenile Delinquency
TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.102
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.
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
TTH 1100am-1230pm GDC 6.202
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.
Adler and Adler, Constructions of Deviance, 7th ed.
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:
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.
7 short papers (omit one or drop the lowest grade) 30%
Long paper (draft and final version) 30%
Feedback on classmates’ presentations 5%
Hour exam 20%
(informal writing, pop quizzes feedback on short papers) 10%
Specific instructions for all papers will be posted on Blackboard.
SOC 366 • Deviance
TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 108
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.
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.
This course is also designed to teach and/or improve the following skills:
- critical thinking
- professional/academic writing
- comprehension of challenging material
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.
In class participation 75 point
Reading Briefs 50 points
Journal Analysis 25 points
Three exams 50 points each
Project 100 points
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-).