Carol Rambo, Ph.D.
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(2002) Eds. Earl Rubington and Martin Weinberg.
Eighth edition. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon
To give the student an overview of the sociology of deviant behavior, including investigative methods, theory, and how these are applied to various areas of social life. The student will develop the ability to explain the enforcement of social norms from various points of view. The ultimate aim of this course is to understand that there are a multitude of perspectives when considering deviance and that deviance is a cultural construct.
course is heavily dependent on lecture materials. I will always let the student know what readings the lectures
are from, where appropriate. Students
who miss a great deal of class historically have not done well in terms of their
grades. Please consider this as you
evaluate your priorities.
liberal arts education means literally to "liberate" your mind.
Therefore, expect the unexpected. Open
yourself up to guest speakers, mini-experiments, and the opinions of others;
brief writing assignments, and alternative perspectives.
is of the utmost importance. You
have paid money to be sitting here. DO
NOT ALLOW ME TO LECTURE WITHOUT ASKING QUESTIONS IF YOU ARE CONFUSED OR UNCLEAR
ON THE MATERIALS. Only VICTIMS
allow this to happen to them. If
you are having problems, chances are someone else is too! If you feel uncomfortable about your progress in the course,
I hope you will choose to schedule an appointment. We can work it out!!!
Primary Evaluations for
grades are based on three quizzes. Please
take note of the grading scale:
A = 100 - 90%
C = 79 - 65%
D = 64 - 58%
F = below 58%
Each 33-question quiz is multiple choice in character. While none of the quizzes are precisely cumulative in nature, keep in mind the concepts that occur early in the course are used later to advance our understanding of specific substantive issues. Make up quizzes are permitted with proper documentation and are to be scheduled with the instructor. You must contact the instructor ONE WEEK after missing a quiz or forfeit the opportunity to make it up. There will be no curving, but as you can see, the grading system is very flexible with 3 opportunities for extra points.
Journal will consist to five type written entries about two pages long.
I will not be neurotic picky on this, quality counts more than quantity.
Using a one-inch margin, a type written double spaced page will consist
of about 250 words. Each entry will
be worth 2 points for a maximum value of 10 points for the whole journal.
Your entries will take things you encounter in your daily life and
analyze them in terms of the meta-theories you will pick up in class.
Each entry will contain one meta-theory thoroughly explored and all three
meta-theories must be used once in the journal.
I will elaborate more on this in class.
You may use your experience, newspaper articles, books, CNN, movies, MTV,
songs, a rad story your friend told you happened to her, ANY kind of experience.
Have fun with this. Use the
concepts correctly; do not just identify the idea, but demonstrate how it is
functioning in the example.
not repeat specific class examples, you will get no credit.
If, however, you notice one of the concepts we learn about at work in
class, this is fair game. Neatness will count one point per entry.
If you are a slob genius, you could still lose a total of 5 points on the
assignment. If you want to run a
sample journal entry by me before the date of your first exam, I will be willing
to critique it (no hard and fast grade).
Upon handing in your last
exam, I will look at your face. If
it is a face that consistently adds to class discussion, I will add two points
to your grade. If it is a face that
occasionally contributes, I will add one point.
You are an adult.
You pay your money; you decide if you want to attend.
I will, however, take attendance for two purposes.
If you have perfect attendance after the first week of class, three
points will be assigned to your grade, equivalent to the weight of answering
three exam questions correctly. If
you only miss one or two periods during this time, I will assign two extra
credit points. Miss three periods
and I will assign one point of extra credit.
Students who miss more than this number of classes (my second purpose)
will have a great deal of trouble gaining sympathy if they are not doing well in
the class. We can talk about your
absences if you are in a dire situation. I
must assume, however, if you choose not to attend and you do poorly, that you
are choosing to do poorly and I need not put forth any effort on your behalf.
January 13, 15
What is Theory? Perspective? Truth?
Conflict and Uncle Karl Marx, James C. Scott
The Functionalists: Emile Durkheim,
Talcott Parsons, and Robert K. Merton.
3, 5,10, 12 The Constructionists:
Herbert Blumer (Mead and Cooley), Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, Erving
Goffman, Edwin Lemert, Howard Becker. Please
read pages 1-22 before your first exam.
Drugs and Alcohol. Please
read the following articles: Pages 23-31, 32-41, 68-79, 81-90, 316-325, 420-427
Alternative Gendered and Sexual Identities, Homophobia.
Please read the following articles: Pages 238-243, 300-309, 310-315,
March 2, 4
9, Homophobia continued.
Exotic Dancing. Please
read the following
article: Pages 396-407.
Body modifications. Please
read the following articles: Pages 363-374, 375-383.
Domestic Violence. Please read the following articles: Pages 48-56,
Journals are due at the end of the class period.
No late turn-ins, no exceptions.
Mental Illness. Please
read the following articles: Pages 42-47, 98-107,178-191. Guest speaker: Dr.
Cliff Heegel, Licensed Psychologist.
Sexual Exploitation: Sexual
Harassment, Rape, And Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Please read pages 166-177 and 409-419.
Quiz three. Last day of
Make up quizzes permitted only