This class was tough.
Sociology of Deviance is a fascinating course taught by Richard Fey, who ties the experiences of life to the concepts in class. Deviating from the norm himself, he has lived a life full of jaw-dropping experiences with rigorous challenges. He has surmised all of his initial setbacks to become a remarkable individual. He teaches students how they too can overcome obstacles, and become the person they want to be. Understanding that social norms are not always beneficial, he encourages students to fuel positive deviancy in social settings. He implores students to get out of the box and try things they have always wanted to do. He sets up a template for this with a project inspired by deviant acts. One must go out in public and do something unique, studying the social reaction to it. This deviant act can be any of personal interest, but should seek to gain knowledge about some social construct or idealism. The individual must actively place themselves outside of their comfort zone and will learn a great deal about themselves and human behavior in the process. I strongly recommend this course for the benefits it offers and the capacity for the individual to grow.
The highlights of this course are certainly the lectures and the project. Richard Fey eloquently describes human behavior with succinct detail that will keep you awe-struck and captivated. He presents ideas that are so thought out and intricately stated that they make one question their current beliefs. The project furthers this as you learn new information about social constructs and yourself. By having to put yourself in a deviant place, this creates development of character and will make one more comfortable in new situations. By the end you will have changed or learned a great deal and will be thankful for the opportunity to take this wonderful course.
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Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to try something new. Always go to class and think broadly about all the concepts consistently. You will benefit from this tremendously.