Sociology 443

SOCY 443

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SOCY 443. Deviance.
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: SOCY 110 or SOCY/ANTH 121

This course explores major sociological theories of deviance and examines the socio-political dynamics surrounding definitions of "morality." "normalcy," and "goodness" in societies. Particular attention is given to sociological approaches to "mental illness," drug/alcohol use, and sexuality.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Theoretical Perspectives on Deviance

A. Functionalism
B. Systems Theory
C. Marxism
D. Labelling Theory

II. Sociological Perspectives on Mental Illness
III. Drug and Alcohol Use
IV. Affectional/Sexual/Gender Variations

A. Dimensions of Sexuality
B. Transvestitism and Transsexualism
C. Gays and Lesbians
D. Paraphilias
E. Sexual Offenses Against Children
F. Rape


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through lectures, videos, and guest presentations, students are provided with a basic understanding of various sociological perspectives on deviance. They are then provided with an application of these perspectives to a variety of "deviant" groups and "lifestyles."


Goals and Objectives of Course

Students will:

1. become knowledgeable about basic sociological understanding of the role of deviance in groups;
2. become knowledgeable concerning various areas of social and cultural variation within the U.S. and particularly to look at groups and individuals considered "problematic";
3. understand certain sociological dynamics involved in such issues as drug use, mental illness, and sexual/gender variations.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments can include tests and short papers.


Other Course Information

Graduate students will be expected to submit a paper on a topic appropriate to the course after a consultation with the professor.


Review and Approval

January, 2004 Reviewed Peggy A. Shifflett