SSP 141 Fall, 2002
SOCIAL DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Office: Room 10, Price Hall
ijm1@ Lehigh.edu Ext. 83809
Goals: One major goal is to understand how and why society defines certain
behaviors as deviant and how laws are passed and who benefits from them.
Another goal is to understand the idea of white collar crime and the reaction
of society to it. The “war on drugs” offers a case study of the sociology
of deviance and an example of the politics of deviance. The American Criminal
Justice System will be studied and a close look at strategies utilized in
correctional institutions provides information for policy considerations.
CAVEAT EMPTOR: THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS COURSE RANGES FROM THE DISGUSTING
TO THE RIDICULOUS, FROM THE VICIOUS TO THE STUPID , FROM THE IMMORAL TO THE
OUTRAGEOUS...ETC.. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT TITILLATION, SHOCK, INSENSITIVITY
AND HUMOR MAY OCCUR. THE READING ASSIGNMENTS, LECTURES, FILMS AND CLASS
DISCUSSION MAY EXHIBIT ANY OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS AND SHOULD NOT TO BE
Books: the following have been ordered at the LU bookstore. Please note the
edition for two of the books!
1. Ronald Weitzer, Deviance and Social Control McGraw Hill
2. David R. Simon & Frank E. Hagan, White Collar Deviance
3. David Musto, The American Disease Oxford (1999) 3rd edition
4. George F. Cole & Christopher E. Smith, Criminal Justice in America
Wadsworth (3rd edition)
5. Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing Vintage (2001)
Additional reading assignments may be given from time to time in the form
of class handouts or articles that can be down loaded.
Grades will be based on four exams, three scheduled during the term and a
final non-cumulative exam scheduled by the registrar. Also, a paper/project
is required and must be turned in BY DECEMBER 2nd at the latest. The
four tests and your paper/project are each worth 20% of your grade. The format
of the tests will be discussed prior to the date of your performance.
If you select the paper option, choose a subject that is related to this
course that you want to learn more about. Do not cover the same ground found
in the readings and lectures as you must demonstrate new learning.
The paper should be between five and six pages long and should be footnoted
following the rules of the American Sociological Association. Note - our
library provides information of the ASA’s footnoting specifications under
electronic resources and the American Sociological Review or any other of
the ASA’s journals list its format for footnoting. Failure to comply
with this request will cost one a letter grade. By projects, I am referring
to a variety of efforts that would increase one’s knowledge of the subject
matter. Regardless, it is sound policy to clear your paper/project
with me. a word to the wise...
Attendance is not taken on a regular basis but you are responsible for all
materials covered in class. You also may miss bonus earning exercises that
may occur from time to time.
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
August 26-28-30 Introduction, overview of the course, my expectations;
Harry Cakalarry’s Classroom Decorum Rules!! The nature of deviant behavior;
the control of deviant behavior; issues relating to researching deviant behavior.
Assignments: Weitzer, pp 2 - 22; 31 - 35; 195 - 213; 144 - 166
September 2-4-6-9-11 Explaining deviant behavior; how various perspectives
become dominant paradigms for understanding it. From the “Devil made
me do it” to “Gee, Officer Krupke” to several sociological efforts to explain
Assignments: Weitzer, pp 24 - 30; 45 - 142
September 11-13-16-18-20-23 The role of the media in social deviance and
social control - positive or negative? Politics and social control
- power and morality; illustration - college student drinking!
The personal side of social deviance and social control, identity management!
Assignments: Weitzer: pp 36 - 44; 168 - 194; 214 - 215; 235 - 317;
327 - 395
25 = TEST<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
September-27-30, October 2 White collar deviance, systemic deviance?
The generic American Criminal Class? The popularity of Ponzi Schemes
and the role of greed in white collar deviance. Recent white collar crimes
reviewed; suggestions for societal reform are reviewed.
Assignments: Simon & Hagen - pp 1 - 113
October 7-9-11 Organized crime and you - symbiotic relationship?
Services provided on demand; common imagery of organized crime; a general
theory of white collar deviance?
Assignments: Simon & Hagen - pp 114 - 169;
October 14-16-18 Properties of various drugs and the use and
role of drugs in societies, a cross cultural analysis. The efforts
at narcotics control, a case study of the sociology of deviance.
Assignments: Musto - pp 1 - 150
October 21-23-25-28 Efforts to control drug use create a new
population of drug users; the role of politics in the creation of drug policies.
The legalization debate analyzed. Losing the “war on drugs”
Assignments: Musto - pp 151 - 300
30 = TEST<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
November 1-4-6-8-11 The criminal justice system, how it works, if it
does; How much crime is there and how do we know? The law represents
whom? Due process and important amendments to the constitution.
“Watch and ward” gives way to policing by professionals? Politics and
Assignments: Cole & Smith - pp 2 - 149
November 13-15-18-20 The court of law - do we want blind justice -
the inherent dilemma of our pursuit of justice! Plea bargaining, going
to trial and appeal process – the fast track to justice or not? Sentencing
guidelines and justice; deterrence theory, is it reasonable?
Assignments: Cole & Smith - pp 152 - 250
22 = TEST<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
25-27-December 2-4-6 Juvenile Justice, a unique blend of injustice,
justice and folk wisdom! The development of prisons as correctional institutions;
repent and be saved, the total institution model leading to rehabilitation???
Is revenge a part of our justice system through correctional systems?
The prison subculture flourishes with its own goals.
Assignments: Cole & Smith - pp 252 - 292, pp 344 - 367 ;
Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing pp 3 - 319
THIS EXAM WILL COVER THE MATERIAL ASSIGNED IN THE
COLE & SMITH TEXT AND CONOVER’S BOOK. THE FINAL EXAM WILL BE SCHEDULED
BY THE REGISTRAR.
HARRY CAKALARRY’S GUIDE TO CLASSROOM DECORUM
1. I will attempt to start and end on time. If you have another
class immediately following this one in a far away place and I am still droning
on, (enamored with my great wisdom) quietly fold your tent and leave.
It is not necessary to slam your notebook closed, swing your backpack over
your shoulder -inadvertently smacking Fernie Ferndocker across the head -
and stepping on Debbie Doflicker’s toes as you crawl to the aisle. Perhaps
if you know that you are in a sprint to get to your next class, you ought
to seek an aisle seat. (-:
2. If you are late to class, please sit in the most convenient seat rather
than climb over nine people to sit next to your “roomie” whom you probably
had breakfast with 25 minutes earlier!
3. During my efforts to explore new vistas of knowledge with you, feel free
to lean over, quietly whisper to your neighbor, “he’s full of baloney”. Such
critical insight is fine; what is disturbing and truly harmful is gabbing
in an intimate manner. The buzzing of such a conversation is frightfully
distracting to an old professor allowed off the ward to teach the class.
The steady exchange of “she said...and then I said...dark roots indeed...he’s
an ass...” drives me to a state where I am no longer responsible for my behavior!!!
It would scar you for life if you are responsible for my becoming addled,
confused and catatonic.
4. Please do not come up to me and tell me “Prof Mac, I really like D eviance,
but I am majoring in getting rich and I am taking this course P/F and
this is just an elective and I have an exam in course that really counts
and can I take your exam a day late?” It is rude and it hurts my feelings.
5. If you are struck with “bluebook flu” or savaged by a tropical disease
on the day of an exam, do not passively die on the vine. Take action via
e-mail, voice mail, smoke signals...try to let me know that you are ill and
will not be in class. Go to the health center or a doctor. If your car breaks
down on your return trip from a research outing in Atlantic City, call the
Dean of Student’s Office and enter a plea! Under no circumstances should
you wait several days, and then stroll into my office and announce that you
are ready to take the exam! On a kinder and gentler note, please warn grandmothers,
uncles and other relatives of the exam dates of this course. It has been
my experience that there seems to be a causal relationship between the health
of your favorite relatives and the timing of my exams!
6. While in class reading a newspaper is not allowed, even if it is the mighty
Brown &White,. Closing your eyes and entering a state of deep concentration
is ok. Snoring is not!
7. On a positive note --- feel free to enter into a dialogue with me or ask
questions in class. While I am likely to come in with a prepared lecture
or exercise, I welcome your input.
8. My office hours are flexible as I am around a great deal of the time so
feel free to come by. I am likely to be there every afternoon except W at
3- 5 and Th 12 - 3:00. An appointment is not necessary but does help.
Repeating, my E- mail address is IJM1 and my phone number is 83809.