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Sociology of Deviant Behavior Sociology 304 TF 12:00-1:20pm Fall 2011 9/1/11-12/23/11 Tillett Hall 204 LC Instructor: Kate Burrows Email: [email protected] Office Hours: T 11:30-12:00 Office: in our classroom Course Description: Sociologists use the term deviant to refer to any behavior, belief, interest, activity, physical characteristic, or group affiliation used as a reason to mark people as wrong, immoral, criminal, psychopathic, subhuman. Deviance in itself is not necessarily immoral, illegal, or harmful; people are marked, put into the “deviance box,” for things that are trivial (bad table manners), harmless (wearing earrings), unjust (being Jewish), condemned by only a small minority (being a single parent), or practiced by almost everyone (drinking alcoholic beverages). Conversely, people often get away with things that are immoral (sabotaging another student’s lab experiment), illegal (premarital sex in some states), and harmful (eating high cholesterol foods), without being put into the “deviance box.” It is a matter of what someone in authority (religious leaders, scientists, professors, our parents, the mass media) decides is deviant. This course adopts a sociological approach towards understanding deviant behavior. The first part of the course explores different theories of deviance. We consider positivist, or absolutist, and constructionist approaches. The middle part of the course will consider the construction of deviance, as well as we will explore in more detail sexual and drug deviance. The last part of the course deals with elements of the structure and organization of deviance. This course focuses mainly on noncriminal deviance. If you’re more interested in crime and crime-related themes, consider taking a criminology course, offered through the Rutgers Sociology Department as 920:222. Required Texts: * . Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction , 6 th edition. Wadsworth Publishing. *Allyn, David. 2000. Make Love Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An unfettered history Routledge. * Sterk, Claire. 1999. Fast Lives: Women Who Use Crack Cocaine Temple University Press 1
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These texts are available at the Livingston Bookstore. Copies of each can also be found on Amazon and Grading : I follow Rutgers University’s grading scale: A: 90-100 pts B+: 86-89 pts B: 80-85 pts C+: 76-79 pts C: 70-75 pts D: 60-69 pts F: below 60 pts Grades will be based on the following class exercises: Photo Essay: 15% Breaching Experiment: 15% Exam 1: 20% Exam 2: 20% Exam 3: 20% Reading Quizzes: 10% Total: 100 I do not take attendance. However, test questions will include material from lecture, as well as from readings, and in-class exercises and films, so you are unlikely to pass the tests unless you attend every course and take scrupulous notes. I will not post powerpoint slides on Sakai before the class period. If you miss your in-class presentation day, there is
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