Jan 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog
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SOC 211 - Social Deviance

3 Credit(s)

This course examines the dynamic social, economic, and cultural processes through which identities and behaviors are constructed as deviant. Topics include, but are not limited to the relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality, disability and the social construction of deviance. Utilizing sociological theories we will move away from understanding deviant behavior as a personal and individual phenomenon and rather focus on deviance as a social construction that is negotiated and contested. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the state, as well as historical, political, cultural and economic dimensions of deviance and social control. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Understand the origins and evolution of the concept “deviant” and “criminal” and how they operate in the United States.

2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Explore how the development of deviant identities and behaviors intersects with individual and collective experience.

3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. The course emphasizes the relationship between the individuals and social institutions. Applying the sociological imagination, students will explore how categories of social deviance are constructed and maintained.

4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. The course provides an overview of the history and development of sociological thought. Emphasis is placed on sociological theory and methods.

5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Students will assess, synthesize, and comment on quantitative and qualitative research. Students will be asked to identify and explain foundational concepts and theories to evaluate the contribution the work makes to the field of study.

6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. Sociology is inherently a comparative discipline that examines the human condition from individual and structural levels. Students will assess and apply theories of human behavior and conformity to deepen awareness regarding social deviance.

7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Expand the ability to think critically about contemporary debates and controversies involving deviance, crime, human rights, justice, punishment, and social control.

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