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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

  • Positivist Theories
  • Constructing Deviance
  • Drug Use as Deviance
  • Crime and Criminalization
  • Tribal Stigma
  • Drug Abuse
  • 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

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Social Deviance
May 11, 2023 to August 04, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Deviant Behaviour by Erich Goode © 2016 Routledge 11th edition ISBN 9781138191907
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