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“The deviant and the conformist...are creatures of the same culture, inventions of the same imagination.”

                                                                                         ― Kai Theodor Erikson

 Some scholars describe the sociology of deviance as the study of “nuts, sluts, and perverts”. For others, it is a field focused on questions of power, oppression and both social and moral regulation. This course will critically examine these tensions through exploring several cases of “extreme” deviance and the cultural context within which these identities emerge.

How will students be evaluated in this course?

Students in this course will be evaluated through several means:

        • Position papers (5 total, each worth 10%)
        • Participation in web-based, moderated discussion forums (20 %)
        • Final Examination (take-home format, worth 25%)
        • Attendance (5%)

What are the prerequisites?

Students should have completed SOAN 1101 (or SOAN 1102 and 1103). If you would like to take this course but do not have the stated prerequisites, please contact the course instructor to discuss.

When is the course offered?

This course will be offered during the Summer 1 term, Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM (May 6-29 inclusive).


Please contact the course instructor, Dr. Alan Brown.