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SOC 353 Deviance and Social Control

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor. (First semester—even years/3 credits) 

A social constructionist approach to explaining non-normative behavior and its consequences. Analysis includes contextual processes affecting definitions of deviance as well as individual and institutional social control responses. Topics include substance use, family violence, body modification, belief systems, sexuality, mental disorders, physical disabilities and suicide.