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SOC 3560-1

Dr. T. Martinez Office: 304 BEH S Office Hours: by appointment E-mail: theresa.martinez@utah.edu

SPRING SEMESTER 2009 Office Phone: 581-5712 Dept. Phone: 581-6153


Much social scientific interest has been focused on the fascinating area known as deviant behavior, often referred to as the study of "nuts, sluts and perverts" (Liazos 1972). Social scientists have pondered rape, robbery and drug addiction. They have questioned why people kill and who they victimize. They have asked why women turn to prostitution and who their “johns” tend to be. They have wondered why society chooses to define some acts as deviance and others as normal. And they have puzzled over the meaning of deviance for society. These and other issues will be raised in this class, which will involve a discussion of theory and research on deviant behavior.

I would like you to leave this course with (1) an understanding of sociological theory as it pertains to socially defined deviant behavior in our society; (2) an expanded knowledge of particular forms of socially defined deviant behavior including murder, rape, corporate crime, prostitution, and gay and lesbian issues, among others; and (3) a basis for critical thinking about the nature of deviant behavior in our society largely in terms of its future ramifications.


Your grade will be based on two exams, two book discussion quizzes, two critical analysis papers, any other quizzes or assignments given in class, and attendance. The due date for the papers and dates for the exams and book discussion day quizzes will be "written in stone" unless you have been informed otherwise by me. Late papers will not be accepted, nor can exams or book discussion day quizzes be rescheduled unless you inform me before the dates in question. If I don't hear from you before the due date of the papers, before the dates of the exams, or before the dates of the book discussion day quizzes, you will be out of luck. In the interest of clarity, let us further break down the components of the grade.


Exams will include both multiple choice and essay questions. Each exam will entail no less than 50 and up to 100 multiple choice questions and a choice of one essay question out of four. The final is NOT cumulative. There will be no review for either exam; your exam grades will stand or fall based on your notes and your reading; therefore, thorough notes are a must. Sometimes an optional final may be offered. This would mean that a student may opt to keep the grade they are getting so far in the class or choose to take the final to better their grade. If they take the final, it will count toward their final grade. If an optional final is offered, and there is no guarantee that it will be, it will be announced the day of the final exam and the criteria used to determine whether or not a student has an option will include the student’s attendance and the student’s grade standing going into the final exam period. This means that even a student with an “A” grade going into the final might have no option if their attendance is poor. If an optional final is offered, qualifying students can opt to take the final or remain for a discussion; they can not simply leave. All students should, of course, prepare to take a final exam in any case.

Book Discussions and Quizzes (2)

Each of the two assigned books will be discussed on two scheduled days in the semester. There will be a quiz given in class on the assigned book before the book discussion. Each quiz will entail 7-25 short answer questions.

Two Critical Analysis Papers (2, 7-10 pages, TYPED, Double-spaced)

The two critical analysis papers cover two books: Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol, and Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb by Bernard Lefkowitz. The papers should cover three things: 1. a thesis section [no more than a page and a half]--this is an introduction to the

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