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SOC 306 Deviance and Social Control

Who determines what is "normal" in society? What is the difference between deviance and social rebellion? How is labeling linked to discrimination and discrediting rather than helping and healing? This course examines the role of professionals and social institutions responsible for creating and enforcing public and private codes of behavior. Sexual orientation, mental illness and gender stereotypes are examples examined. Those who resist conforming to those codes are also studied. Students analyze theories, read criticism, view films and evaluate other forms of interdisciplinary documentation.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Ability to apply theoretical ideas and concepts to selected case studies at an upper division college level.
  • Knows and understands the essential concepts and sociological theories of deviance and social control at an upper division college level.
  • Masters the higher order thinking skills needed to analyze and interpret current deviant/criminal social events at an upper division level.
  • Understands how deviance is defined and produced at an upper division college level.
  • Writes analytical papers that are informed, well reasoned and literate at an upper division college level.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Summer 2022

Section Title Instructor
50 Deviance and Social Control Caldwell, Mark Anthony Books Course details

Fall 2022

Section Title Instructor
50 Deviance and Social Control Caldwell, Mark Anthony Books Course details