3 Credit Hours
Deviance is a diverse and controversial concept, which is of great importance to society and individuals. Using primarily a sociological perspective this course will explore definitions of deviance, theoretical perspectives, which attempt to explain deviance, and how deviance is organized and managed. The course will take a social constructionist and interactionist perspective looking at the processes that create and control deviance. Contemporary forms of deviance will also be analyzed and discussed.
|Course Objectives:||1. Expose students to the various perspectives on how deviance is defined and constructed.
2. Expose students to the major theoretical perspectives that have been used to analyze and explain deviant behavior.
3. Explore contemporary forms of deviance, and how society attempts to manage and control them.
4. Broaden the perspectives of students regarding deviance, social order, and social control.
|Prerequisites and Corequisites:||Sociology 1010: Introduction to Sociology|
|Course Topics:||1. Definitions, Social Construction, and Measurement
2. Deviant Events and Social Control
3. Anomie and Conflict Theories
4. Labeling, Control, and Learning Theories
5. Interpersonal Violence
6. Nonviolent Crime
7. White-Collar and Corporate Crime
8. Drugs and Alcohol
9. Sexual Deviance
10. Mental Illness
|Specific Course Requirements:||
The student must have a basic knowledge of computers, the Internet, and email. The student's computer must have Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat reader
|Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements|
|Required Textbooks:|| Sociology of Deviant Behavior 12th Edition
Marshall B. Clinard, Robert F. Meier
The textbook is available at the RODP virtual bookstore http://www.bkstr.com/
|Hardware Requirements:||The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.|
The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.
|Assessment and Grading|
The course is divided into five-three week modules. Students will have to take a timed online multiple-choice quiz for each module, and complete several essay questions and assignments, which will not be timed. The students can take the quiz and submit the essay answers anytime during the three weeks, but must have completed both the end of the third week of the module.
The grade will be based on quiz scores, assignment and essay grades, and discussion participation.
No one part of the course will constitute a large portion of the final grade, but work must consistently be done in a conscientious and accomplished manner in order for the student to receive an A or a B.The chat room is to be used for students to receive help and clarification from the instructor, and to discuss assignments and projects with other students. It is not a part of the course that is required or graded.
Grading: Quizzes 45%, Essay Questions and Assignments 40%, Discussion Participation 15%
|Assignments and Participation|
|Assignments and Projects:||
1. There will be reading assignments for each module from the textbook. There will also be brief articles and instructor remarks, which must be read. These readings will be covered in the quizzes and questions described below.
Students will have to actively participate in five discussions, each lasting three weeks. Students are also expected to regularly check their email for information provided by the instructor. I do not include chat room participation in grading, because I want well thought out remarks when students address course content. The chat room is for clarification and casual interaction. Students are expected to disagree in their discussion posts, but they should at all times be polite and respectful. Students should fell free to disagree with the instructor in discussion posts.
I do not have long term assignments or exams that cover a long period of time. This is because I want continual, regular, and active participation in the course, just as one would have if one were going to class on a regular basis. Thus, students must submit essay answers and project reports tri-weekly and take tri-weekly online quizzes. These are all due by the end of each three week module. Students will be allowed extra time for assignments if they have a legitimate reason for needing extra time. Legitimate excuses are things such as illness or a death in the family. Vacations, weddings, other courses, and so forth are not legitimate excuses.
|Course Ground Rules|
| Students must keep up with the readings and assignments, and complete their work at the required times. It is particularly important to be conscientious in the projects. I have tried to design the course to be both informative and enjoyable. Thus students should have fun with the projects and feel free to be creative. While quiz questions and some essay questions have correct answers, other essay questions and some projects allow you substantial freedom to express yourself. In these you will be evaluated on effort and thoughtfulness, not whether I agree with you or not.
Contact me an soon as possible with any problems or questions that arise. This can be done by phone or by email.
All written work in this course should be solely yours with no help from anyone else.
|Guidelines for Communications|
Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor
Citation Styles Online http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite6.html
|The Tennessee Board of Regents Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses.|
Students With Disabilities
|Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.|
|A statement that any necessary changes to the course syllabus will be sent to the student by e-mail and posted on the bulletin board.|
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