SOC 4510  
Social Deviance
3 Credit Hours

Course Information
Course Description:

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
Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN: 0-15-506569-6

The textbook is available at the RODP virtual bookstore

Supplementary Materials: None
Hardware Requirements: The minimum requirements can be found at
Software Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at

Specific software required for this course-Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat

Assessment and Grading
Testing Procedures:

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. 

Grading Procedure:

The grade will be based on quiz scores, assignment and essay grades, and discussion participation.
There will be five discussion topics to which students will have to make weekly posts, each of these lasting three weeks. Grading of the discussion participation will be based on the quality and quantity of posts, and the frequency of reading the posts of others. 

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 Scale:

Grading: Quizzes 45%, Essay Questions and Assignments 40%, Discussion Participation 15%

90-100 A
80-89   B
70-79   C
60-69   D
00-59   F

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.
2. Students will have to take an online timed multiple-choice quiz for each three week module.
3. Students will have to answer one or two essay questions in a several paragraphs for each three-week module.
4. There will be one or two short exercises or projects for each three-week module. The students will make written reports of the results of these projects.

Class Participation:

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.
Quizzes should  be taken by you alone without help from anyone.
Plagiarism is against the law and will not be accepted. 
The following site provides information as to how to avoid plagiarism.

Guidelines for Communications
  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members
Discussion Groups:
  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
  • Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
  • Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
  • Be concise in responding to others in the chat session.
  • Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
  • Be constructive in your comments and suggestion
Web Resources:

Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor

Citation Styles Online


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.

Syllabus Changes

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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