Introduction to Sociology - Spring 2020

new Syllabus | newSchedule | Online Media | Notes | Research | Grades

FAQ - Updated Information for Students

Week 8. Deviance and Criminology

Mar 30-Apr 3: Read Textbook, Section 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
   Add to Discussion Board Post by Friday
   Take Online Quiz on Blackboard between Tues 9am and Thurs 9pm
   Online Media #7 due Fri by 5pm

Discussion How to add to the discussion board:

1) Go to Blackboard course website (see instructions to the right).

2) Click "Discussions" on the left menu bar (if you don't see a menu bar you may see a small blue strip -- click that to open the left menu).

3) Then, click on the title of the Discussion to which you want to add a comment or reply. You'll see a page of posts with the other student's names; to add to it, click on "Create Thread".

4) The new week's discussion is added at midnight on Saturday.

Quizzes How to take the weekly quiz or the exams online:

1) Go to Blackboard course website (see instructions to the right).

2) Click "Quizzes and Exams" on the left menu bar (if you don't see a menu bar you may see a small blue strip -- click that to open the left menu).

3) Then, click on the Quiz of the Week (it will only appear between Tuesday 9am and Thurs 9pm) and follow the instructons to complete te quiz.


We are following a similar schedule of readings and assignments for the remainder of the semester. I will continue to use this website and additionally will be adding information and assignments to the BLACKBOARD site (link above). YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO THESE ASSIGNMENTS AS PART OF YOUR COURSE GRADE.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to EMAIL ME:


Blackboard Link
1) Click here.
2) Sign in.
3) Click SOCI 101


Textbook Formats:
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:
Deviance and Social Class


Read Online Media 7, The Saints and the Roughnecks, and answer the following questions:

1. Who were the Saints and who were the Roughnecks?

2. How did Chambliss characterize these two groups?

3. How does this article illustrate labeling theory?

4. How does this article illustrate conflict theory?

5. What eventually happened to the Saints and the Roughnecks?

6. Do you think that Chambliss is correct in his assessment that what matters is not the person being labeled, but the people doing the labeling when it comes to understanding delinquency?

E-mail your completed assignment to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI7

Due on or before Friday April 3 at 5pm


- Do NOT send as an attachment or link to a Google doc

- Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.

- Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "SOCI" if you do.

Note: You should email your answers to me weekly with the subject heading SOCI#, where # stands for the assignment number (1, 2, 3...).. I give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you send the first online media assignment, you should use a subject heading in the email of "SOCI#", where "#" means the number of the specific assignment of the week. If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soc 4 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment (Word, Google Doc link, etc.), you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth and further instances of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers




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Plickers Prizes
Go for the Golden Points!
OM6 Online Media SOCI7:
The Saints and the Roughnecks
by William Chambliss, 1977
due Apr 3 5pm

Online Media SOCI6:
Excerpt from Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, by Robert Fuller, 2004
due Mar 13 5pm


Online Media SOCI5:
Who Rules America?

VIDEO 1: Power in America 1/2
VIDEO 2: Power in America 2/2
(G. William Domhoff, 1980s?, 10 min total)
due Mar 6 5pm

OM9 Online Media SOCI4:
Watch The Rich, the Poor, and the Trash (DW Documentary, 2018, 30 min)
due Feb 21 5pm
OM3 Online Media SOCI3:
Watch Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Parts 1-3, feat. Matt Damon and Lester Brown (2011)
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
due Feb 14 5pm

Online Media SOCI2:
Watch The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~50min long), featuring Hans Rosling
due Feb 7 5pm

Sociological Imagination Online Media SOCI1: Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and read these excerpts from C. Wright Mills' and discuss your answers to the questions (left) in an email to the Professor (follow the instructions CAREFULLY).
due Jan 31 5pm

More info on the online media assignments:

Each week, except exam weeks (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).



Topic: Individual and Society

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Socialization

Topic: Values and Culture



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Introduction to Sociology | Spring 2020 | Prof. Kurt Reymers