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Violations of social norms and control mechanisms engendered…

About the Instructor

Noreen Kohl is a Ph.D. Candidate in the sociology department. She studies and teaches about mental health, race and racism, and the criminal legal system. Deviance and Social Control is one of Noreen’s favorite courses and she is excited to unpack ideas.

For inquiries: email NoreenK@hawaii.edu

Varied Dates (online – 06/7-08/13/21)

Deviance is everywhere—it is behaviors or acts that violate social norms—and it shapes our social world. In this course, you will learn how and why human behaviors, from sexuality to mental illness to social activism, are socially constructed as “deviant.” We will investigate social control mechanisms in institutions such as medicine and the criminal legal system, using current events and contemporary issues to understand sociological perspectives on deviance and social control. As a class, we will discuss and debate the medicalization and criminalization of different deviant behaviors. We will explore issues of crime, substance use, the school-to-prison pipeline, poverty, mental illness, women’s reproductive health, and social movements.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DS

Updated 04/19/2021