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SOC 271 Study Guide - Fall 2018, Comprehensive Term Test Notes - Sociology, Norm (Social), AlcoholismPremium


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 271
Professor
Robert Crutchfield
Study Guide
Midterm

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University of Washington
SOC 271
Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Social
Control
Term Test
Fall 2018
Prof. Robert Crutchfield

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SOC271 Lecture 1 - Introduction
Class Format
Midterm and final are take-home, on-paper only.
Textbook: “Deviance & Social Control” by Inderbitzin, Bates & Gainey
only the second addition is accepted (either e-book or paper)
Sections will sometimes be scheduled last-minute
Check email often, from professor and teacher assistants
Tutorials: workshops with teacher assistants, can give paper advice, answer
questions
Dates and times will be sent through email
If you want to use a laptop during class, must sit in “laptop zone”: left, forward
half of classroom.
No doing anything distracting, like watching videos
Will be monitored by teacher assistants
Assignments
Writing assignments:
3 papers, 2 pages each
All three papers follow same topic, but with different focuses
Will have to revise one of the first two papers as a final test requirement
Can ask teacher assistants for questions with process
One-minute papers - must be turned in on most days at the end of class
Write a question, or one-sentence summary of lecture
Name, teacher assistant’s name, and section number must be written on it
Periodic checks will be performed, so turn them in
Summary of Course Material
Learning goals
Learn to look at how society, such as groups, affects individual behavior
Learn how individuals can affect groups
Sociology differs from other sciences because it looks all of society and humanity
as a whole.
It includes politics, economics, psychology, geography, environment, and
more.
Sociologists try to theorize which behaviors should be changed and controlled
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Sociology attempts to understand why some people go against the norms of
society - a concept defined as ‘deviant behavior’
Deviance
Whether a behavior is deviant or not, is often arguable. And depends on
society, region, as well as personal beliefs and those of closest people
Deviance is in the eye of the beholder
Should someone’s preference ever be considered deviant?
Common discussion topic in sociology
A norm or traditional value must usually be broken by an action, for said
action to be considered deviant
Norms were (potentially) created as an adaptation for protection of society
members
Deviant people threaten mainstream society, threaten ‘the norm’
Deviant does not imply a negative connotation
It is a scale, a continuum. No black and white (usually).
Most people are deviant!
For example, deviance could include: stealing something of any
value, being depressed for a period of time, having dark skin (if in
America), having long hair for males, dating someone more than 10
years younger, LGBTQ members, etc
One can feel compassion for another and still consider them as being
deviant
And treat them as such (treat them differently)
Political deviance
Example: Willie Horton - around 1980s, in Maryland.
Was incarcerated, released on parole (now called re-entry process) and
committed many crimes.
Which were used politically to demonstrate ‘deviance of
incarcerated individuals’ in a very negative way
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