This course will examine a range of social psychological concepts and theories—conformity, identity, prejudice, stereotypes, stigma—as they relate to the study of deviance, deviant behavior, and deviants. In addition to reading, writing, and discussion, students will engage in a significant field activity, during which time they will have the opportunity to make their own scientific observations of deviant behavior. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to define deviance, describe how deviance is socially constructed, and discuss the social psychological impacts of the experience of stigma. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Critically analyze competing perspectives on important social psychological issues and debates.
- Explain the importance of incorporating a social psychological perspective in both personal and professional endeavors.
- Apply social psychological concepts to cultural texts and social situations.
- Analyze the nature of deviance through the breaching of social norms.
- Communicate more effectively in collaborative online environments
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
9 Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
7 Team Project Participation (Weeks 2-8)
Team Project Final Report
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Henry, Stuart. Social Deviance. 2nd ed. Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2019. ISBN-13: 9781509523511
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to the Course
Topic: What is Deviance?
Topic: Why Do People Ban Behavior?
Topic: What Causes People to Deviate?
Topic: What Motivates People to Break Rules?
Topic: How Do People Respond to Being Designated Deviant?
Topic:Becoming Normal and Resisting Stigma
Topic: Breaching Experiment Final Reports
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
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