2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 15, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SOC 218 - Deviance and Social Control

(4 credits)
In this course, we are going to explore a number of questions about the boundaries of acceptability within societies. Instead of just taking such boundaries for granted, we will look at how the creation of normality and deviance is a process of social construction. We will examine how society can influence or constrain people to live within or outside of the socially constructed boundaries. As we explore this subject, we will be challenged to reexamine our own understanding of what is deviant and what is normal, to reflect on how definitions of deviance shape our identities and values, and to wrestle with how definitions of deviance and attempts at social control affect others.