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DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL (SOC-263634)

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Course Description:


Students will explore how societies and social groups come to define some behaviors and characteristics as deviant; patterns and explanations of social deviance among adults and youths (in areas such as violence, aggression, criminality, drug use, white-collar crime, academic deviance and variations in sexual conduct); and how societies and groups respond to social deviance. Alternative social science theories about such behavior are compared and contrasted. Research methodologies and findings in recent social-science literature are examined and interpreted.

Recommended prerequisites include: Introduction to Criminal Justice or Exploring Society or Introduction to Psychology or equivalents.

Important Note: This course was titled Deviant Behavior from 2007 to January 2014.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.


This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.

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