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"There is no such thing as a value-free concept of deviance; to say homosexuals are deviant because they are a statistical minority is, in practice, to stigmatize them. Nuns are rarely classed as deviants for the same reason, although if they obey their vows they clearly differ very significantly from the great majority of people."

                                                                                      - Dennis Altman

The social sciences have long grappled with attempting to understand what constitutes "normal". Deviations from the norm fascinate us.  Is it because of a fascination with something that is so out of the ordinary or perhaps it is because we secretly engage in similar types of activities and by learning more about them, it confirms our membership in a form of community.  Historically, we have treated the study of social deviance as a study of "Nuts, sluts and perverts"--but it is much more.  It sheds light on the very social processes at work that shape our culture.  

In this course, we will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Social Constructions of `Normal` and `Pathological`
  • Social Research of/as Deviance
  • Sexual Deviance
  • Mental Illness
  • Deviant Bodies / `Modern Primitives`
  • Belief and Ideology
  • Social Policy: The Importance of Social Research

What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisites for this course are successful completion of SOAN 1101, or completion of both SOAN 1102 and 1103, or permission of the instructor. 


When is the course offered?

This course will be offered Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM during the first half of Summer Session 1 (May 5-28).


How will I be evaluated in this course?

6 reaction papers (@ 10% each)      60%

Discussion forum participation          20%

Current affairs/policy statement        20% 

No Final Exam



Please contact the instructor, Dr. Alan Brown.