4111syllabus_10 - SOCIOLOGY 4111 DEVIANT BEHAVIOR Spring...

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1 SOCIOLOGY 4111 – DEVIANT BEHAVIOR Spring 2010 6-8:30 Tues; 1-108 Hanson course page: www.soc.umn.edu/~uggen/4111.htm Professor: Christopher Uggen ( You-Gun ) Teaching Assistant: Jesse Wozniak (Wahz-Knee-Ack) office: 909A Social Sciences: 612-624-4016 office: 978 Social Sciences: 612-624-7326 email: uggen001@umn.edu email: wozni019@umn.edu 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 To understand how deviance is defined and produced. To gain a working knowledge of the key sociological theories of deviance. To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies. To critically evaluate institutional responses to deviance and control. Required Texts (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 Clinard and Meier 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 supplementary 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 th th 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.
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