Sociology of Deviance

Course Code: SOC 207 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Sociology • Field of study: Sociology
Type of course: Elective (1 of 2)
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Vlad Zeno Millea
Seminar tutor: Vlad Zeno Millea
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 56
Number of teaching hours per week: 4
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

-Obtaining, by students, of the main cognitive instruments, theoretical and methodological, useful for understanding and appropriate analysis of sociological perspective (and, scientific, generally), upon deviance domain.
-Knowledge, from a comparative perspective, of the main moments that mark the evolution of the sociology of deviance and social control
-Acquisition, by students, of a perspective of pertinent approach of the different social groups, taking into account their cultural particularities (judging the “deviance” according to the particular context in which it occurs)

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. Introduction. Concepts and definitions 2. Social interaction and deviance 3. Relativity and universality of deviance 4. Criminological theories of biological orientation 5. Critical evaluation of the biological theories 6. Psychological orientation 7. Precursors of sociological approach 8. The consensual theoretical model 9. The critical evaluation of consensual model 10. The conflictual theoretical model 11. The critical evaluation of the conflictual model 12. The suicide 13. Drug Addictions 14. Juvenile deviance

Teaching methods:

Debate, analysis, exemplification

Learning outcomes:

• Transmitting, to students, the main cognitive, theoretical and methodological tools necessary for the understanding and pertinent analysis of the issue of deviance from a sociological (and scientific, in general) perspective Understanding historical, social and intellectual climate in which appeared and made itself known the sociology of deviance as a sociological branch. • Acquiring of an adequate approach of different social groups, taking into account their cultural specificities (judging "deviance" depending on the particular context in which it occurs)

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

-A two-hour written examination (60% of the final grade)The evaluation of a paper achieved by the student, regarding a specific deviance issue, using scientific resources (statistical data and research papers) (40% of the final grade).

Recommended reading:

1. Becker H., S., -Outsiders: Studies in The Sociology Of Deviance, The Free Press, New York, 1997, 229.
2. Franzese, R., J., -The Sociology of Deviance: Differences, Tradition, and Stigma, Ed. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Springfield, 2009, 315.
3. Marshall B., C., Meier, R., F, -Sociology of Deviant Behaviour, Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont, 2010, 278.