SOCI 205 - Deviant Behaviour in Canadian Society

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.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology I and and SOCI 102 Introduction to Sociology II
OR consent of the Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:






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: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 80


Percentage of Group Work: 20


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.