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Course Description

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An introduction to some of the basic theories of deviance and social control and their application to selected social problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain and define deviance;
  2. Feel a greater sympathy for other people's points of view;
  3. Differentiate between what we think is right and wrong with what is socially acceptable;
  4. Develop an appreciation of the ongoing processes of social control;
  5. Analyze how social deviance is created by society and how deviance is socially constructed; and
  6. Analyze the consequences of labeling people and the attribution of stigma.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Social Deviance
  • Explaining Deviant Behaviour: Positivist Theories
  • Constructing Deviance
  • Drug Use as Deviance
  • Crime and Criminalization
  • Tribal Stigma
  • Is Discriminalization the Solution
  • White Collar Crime
  • Sexual Deviance
  • Unconventional Beliefs
  • Mental Disorder
  • Deviant Physical Characteristics

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): SOC*1100 or SOC*1500

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. Please see the Department of Sociology and Anthropology website.


Assessment Item Weight
Discussion Participation 20%
Quizzes 10%
Midterms (2 x 20%) 40%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

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Technical Requirements

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