SOC 270 Deviance in Society • 5 Cr.
What is deviance and how is it created? How is it maintained? How has it changed over time? What does it have to do with power? Explore deviance as an ever-changing idea in society. Understand the impact social values have on the development of deviance. Themes may include religion, family, sexuality, crime, and/or popular culture.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Apply basic sociological concepts and ideas to the idea of Deviance;
- Discuss the role of power in defining “deviance”;
- Describe a critical perspective of society and social control;
- Question the idea of a “polite society” or the “status quo” in relation to control and power;
- Explain how we construct ideas of our Selves against the landscape of deviance;
- Demonstrate an understanding of positive and negative sanctions as related to deviance in society;
- Describe how changes in society impact what is and is not considered deviant;
- Describe how changes in society impact who has/has not been considered deviant; and
- Explain the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the construction of deviance.