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SOCI 205 - Deviant Behavior in Canadian Society
Course Code:
SOCI 205


Calendar Description:
An examination of the types and theories of deviant behaviour. This course offers an analysis of the ideology of deviance – What is deviant, how much deviance exists, who defines deviance and what are the consequences of deviant behaviour. As a framework for this analysis, contemporary sociological theories of deviance are applied.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology I and and SOCI 102 Introduction to Sociology II, or consent of the instructor

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Deviance in sociology and society

Issues in the studies of deviance: perspectives, definitions, and characteristics of deviance

Understanding and testing theories of deviance

Prescientific approaches to deviance: Explanations of deviance in history, myths and popular culture.

Classical theories of deviance and their influence on modern jurisprudence: Turning deviance into issues of social control and law.

From individual to social explanations: Social disorganization perspectives.

Social perspectives: Functionalism and strain theory

Subcultural and social learning of deviant behaviour: Socialization and deviant behaviour

Interaction theories: Socialization and deviance behaviour in more details

Social control theories: Another aspect of social explanation

Conflict, critical, and postmodernist theories

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Be familiar with traditional perspectives regarding deviance and the deviant people
- Discuss deviance and criminal acts from a sociological perspective
- Recognize the types and theories of deviance behaviour
- Apply sociological research to discuss issues, problems and solutions
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of sociological perspectives.
- Reflect upon contemporary sociological theories and their major dimensions, explanations, and interpretations of deviance.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 15 %
Midterm Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 50 %
Participation: 20 %
Other: 20 %

Number of Assignments:

Nature of Participation:
Class activities, discussions, debates, being prepared for class, handing in reading notes.

Writing Assignments:

Percentage of Individual Work:

Percentage of Group Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Elementary Education,
Social Sciences, Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
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