SOCIOLOGY 4111 – DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
Spring 2010 6-8:30 Tues; 1-108 Hanson
Professor: Christopher Uggen
Teaching Assistant: Jesse Wozniak
office: 909A Social Sciences: 612-624-4016
office: 978 Social Sciences: 612-624-7326
office hours: Thursday 12:30-2 and by appointment
office hours: Tuesday 4:45-6 and by appointment
Logic of the Course
This course considers why and how certain attributes and behaviors are defined as deviant, the consequences of deviant
labels, and how norms, values, and rules are made and enforced. The subject is classified into four units. We first take
up basic concepts that cut across theories and research on deviance, including social control, subcultures, and deviant
careers. The second unit is devoted to theories of deviant behavior and societal reaction. We then discuss methodology
and how the "social facts" of deviance are determined and disseminated. Case studies in substantive areas are the
fourth focus, addressing crime, organizational and occupational deviance, substance use, sexuality, suicide, disability,
and mental illness. Course objectives include the following: (1) To understand how deviance is defined and produced;
(2) To gain a working knowledge of the key sociological explanations of deviance; (3) To apply these ideas to selected
case studies; and, (4) To critically evaluate institutional responses to deviance and control.
Objectives of the Course
how deviance is defined and produced.
To gain a
of the key sociological theories of deviance.
the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies.
institutional responses to deviance and control.
(available at bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, etc.)
There are two basic texts for the course and supplemental readings available online in Adobe pdf format. The
text is an old-school introduction to deviance that provides some up-to-date information on the empirical
research and “social facts” relating to each of the topical areas we cover. The
Adler and Adler
reader is a collection of
excerpts from classic and contemporary writings on deviance, with a much heavier emphasis on the social construction
of deviance. Most of the
readings will come from my original work on topics such as felon
disenfranchisement, sexual harassment, and workplace deviance. In previous years, some students have saved money
by purchasing earlier editions of their texts (5
edition of Clinard & Meier). While we
are sympathetic to the high cost of books (and have reduced the number of required books from three to two), please
understand that you will be responsible for the material in the most recent editions of the two required texts.