Discussion: The Idea of Deviant Over Time

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Required Resources

Readings

Inderbitzin, M., Bates, K. A., & Gainey, R. R. (2017).
Deviance and social control: A sociological perspective (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Deviance” (pp. 1–16 and 32–40)

Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective, 2nd Edition by Inderbitzin, M.; Bates, K. A.; Gainey, R. R. Copyright 2017 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.


Inderbitzin, M., Bates, K. A., & Gainey, R. R. (2017).
Deviance and social control: A sociological perspective (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 2, “The Diversity of Deviance” (pp. 47–63 and 80–86)

Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective, 2nd Edition by Inderbitzin, M.; Bates, K. A.; Gainey, R. R. Copyright 2017 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.


Mallicoat, S. L. (2016).
Crime and criminal justice: Concepts and controversies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 3, “Defining and Measuring Crime” (pp. 46–75)

Crime and Criminal Justice: Concepts and Controversies, by Mallicoat, S. L. Copyright 2016 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.


Discussion: The Idea of Deviant Over Time

Is deviance just a label imposed by others, or is it an objective reality based on societal norms? How should it be studied? Contemporary society is filled with examples of behavior once considered deviant or criminal that have become both socially acceptable and sometimes decriminalized.

In this Discussion, you reflect on the changes to the idea of what is considered deviant.

By Day 3 of Week 1

Post:

  • Identify something that has or had been considered deviant or criminal in the past 50 years but is now considered socially acceptable or decriminalized.
  • Why has this change occurred?

By Day 5 of Week 1

Respond to two colleagues:

  • Choose a response that is different from your own.
  • Explain how your colleague’s position has changed your perception or understanding.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 1 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 of Week 1 and Respond by Day 5 of Week 1


To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion


Journal: Theories and Goals

In this course, you explore theories that attempt to explain behaviors that contribute to or cause crime. Likewise, you consider why certain behaviors may be considered deviant but not criminal to certain aspects of society. As a criminal justice professional, you may wonder how these topics could affect the real-life, day-to-day work of law enforcement. In this Journal entry, you address that question directly.

By Day 7 of Week 1

Write a 300-word journal response to the following prompts:

  • How could a greater understanding of theories related to deviance and crime in society change or be important to your professional goals and aspirations?

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