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SOCI215 - Social Deviance

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI215 Course ID: 3740 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a critical examination of the relationship between deviance and social control. It will include how and why certain forms of behavior come to be known as deviant, it will analyze the nature of formal and informal responses to deviance, and explain the interaction of different social control institutions. Special attention will be given to an overview of general theories of deviance, and the particular forms it takes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1.Define deviance as well as discuss it from a social standing.
CO2.Examine theories of deviance.
CO3.Identify trends in deviance as it has changed through the past few decades.
CO4.Explain why norms change so drastically, thus deviant behavior may become the norm.
CO5.Examine pros and cons of learning about deviant behavior for an undergraduate degree.
CO6.Apply course concepts to support opinions about deviance.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Intro Forum 2.35 %
Forum 1 4.71 %
Forum 2 4.71 %
Forum 3 4.71 %
Forum 4 4.71 %
Forum 5 4.71 %
Forum 6 4.71 %
Forum 7 4.71 %
Forum 8 4.71 %
Written Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment One: Deviance as Crime Presentation (Due Sunday of Week 4) 30.00 %
Assignment Two: Deviance as Experiential Learning Essay (Due Sunday of Week 7) 30.00 %

Book Title:

We use an e-book (electronic textbook):

Goode, E. (2016). Deviant behavior (11th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

You will be able to access this text through the APUS Online Library. Links are provided in the classroom Lessons section.

In addition, various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Deviant Behavior, 11th Ed. - eBook available through the APUS Online Library. Links provided in the classroom lessons section.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Goode, Erich
Unit Cost:$92.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.