Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Dr. Robert Sanderson
Office hours by appointment only
Stabler Hall 401-G
Phone: 569-3173


This course is designed to help students define, analyze and discuss the general topic of deviant behavior. Through the presentation of various theoretical perspectives, students should discover the complexity and variety of deviant behaviors within our society. Theories are only one component in a process directed at understanding deviance. Much of what you will read and observe will have a theoretical underpinning, but the subject matter should enliven your sociological imagination. After all, deviant behavior is human behavior, regardless of the form that it takes. As such, it becomes a subject of serious sociological scrutiny and study.

Much of this course will consist of your critical assessment, discussion and written responses to materials presented. Lectures will comprise only a minor portion of the course. The majority of the course is direct student participation. Therefore, your performance and grade will depend on your taking an active role in your own learning.


It is the policy of UALR to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Any disabled student who needs accommodation, for example, in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The chair of the department offering this course is also available to assist with accommodations. Disabled students are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, located in the Donaghey Student Center, telephone 569-3143.