Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE - Spring 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 8: Deviance

Social conformity maintains groups, but can lead to larger problems. Those who don't conform are called deviants.

  • Mar 12: Read Textbook, Section 7.0
    Mar 13: Read Textbook, Section 7.1
    Mar 14: Read Textbook, Sections 7.2, 7.3
  • Chapter Quiz due by Thursday 3/15 9pm
  • Online Media #7 due Fri 3/16 5pm
  • Contribute to discussion board
  • Download and work on Research Report 2(due Monday March 19)

Next week: Exam 2
Exam 2 Review Sheet



1) Read Online -
2) Download the PDF version (free)
3) or, purchase a print copy on ($20)

Sociology quote of the week:

“Social groups create deviance by making rules whose infraction constitutes deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labelling them as outsiders." -- Howard Becker, Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance (1963)


Online Media SOCI7: The Power of Positive Deviance

Watch the two videos linked below and answer the following questions.

[Note: This website may also be helpful with your understanding of "positive deviance":]

A) WATCH: TEDx Mid-Atlantic: Monique Sternin's "Positive Deviance" Approach in Viet Nam

1. Why did Monique Sternin and her family go to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1990?

2. What problems did she and her family face in starting their mission in helping poor Vietnamese children?

3. She notes that in every village, there are always some healthy children amongst very poor families. What was the explanation for these cases?

4. What methods and ideas helped Monique help to rehabilitate more than 40% of the malnourished children in Vietnamese villages?

B) WATCH: Positive Deviance - an innovative approach to improve malaria outcomes in Myanmar

5. What is positive deviance?

6. How did an understanding of positive deviance help to fight infection of malaria on the isolated Myanmar island of Kyunsu?

7. Why is it important to avoid solutions imposed from the outside and choose community-based solutions in addressing these health and nutrition issues?


Due on or before Friday, March 16 at 5pm. No late assignments will be accepted.

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Online Media 7:
A) WATCH: TEDx Mid-Atlantic: Monique Sternin (Viet Nam)

B) WATCH: Positive Deviance (Myanmar)

Online Media 6:
Watch this video from Top Documentary Films (46 minutes)


Online Media 5:
Kingsley Davis's article titled Extreme Isolation
, description of child neglect in 1947 leading to socialization deficits


Online Media 4:
Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp, a reading by Harry L. Gracey

Recommended video accompaniment

Online Media 3:
Mitch Albom's We Talk About Culture (click this link for the reading assignment)


Online Media 2:
Watch this video about "common sense" and why it is a problem for sociological thinking.

Here's a video about FATE and FREE WILL that helps to explain the paradox that lies between individual and society.
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:
Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" or how biography and history intersect



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Know Yourself - and find
your passion! like this guy:

Dub FX - "Made"

Introduction to Sociology | Spring 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers