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Deviant Behaviour

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the sociological study of deviance. The course is divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with the theoretical perspectives sociologists have used to explain deviant behaviour. Part 2 focuses on a particular approach known as labeling theory or the interactionist perspective. The interactionist perspective is concerned with how individuals are defined as deviant, as opposed to what causes deviant behaviours. In Part 3 of the course we will look at the social construction of deviance and at how behaviors come to be regarded as deviant in the first place. This part of the course will also deal with medicalization and demedicalization of deviance.

SOCIOL 2C06

Deviant Behaviour

Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Full Year Offered?: Yes

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the sociological study of deviance. The course is divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with the theoretical perspectives sociologists have used to explain deviant behaviour. Part 2 focuses on a particular approach known as labeling theory or the interactionist perspective. The interactionist perspective is concerned with how individuals are defined as deviant, as opposed to what causes deviant behaviours. In Part 3 of the course we will look at the social construction of deviance and at how behaviors come to be regarded as deviant in the first place. This part of the course will also deal with medicalization and demedicalization of deviance.


Dorothy Pawluch

Director, Honours Social Psychology Program | Associate Professor

Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 1A06 Priority will be given to students registered in a Sociology program