Course Description for Law, Deviance, and Social Control
Law, Deviance, and Social Control
Prerequisite: Admission to the program. This course examines the social processes by which human behavior or characteristics get banned as deviant/criminal, how societies use social control processes to deal with deviance, and how deviants respond to social control efforts and attempt to manage their deviant/criminal identities. The special role of making law in the banning of unwanted behavior or characteristics, and in the control efforts aimed at deviants who subsequently violate the rules, will be examined. Specific analysis of the role of formal and informal social control will be undertaken.