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Relativity of Deviance

Abstract:

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A group based activity that challenges students to think about the relativity or degrees of deviance through manipulation of the context in which the deviance occurs. Students are exposed to many examples of the concept of the relativity of deviance and thus reflect over their own judgments about acts of deviance. The activity is adaptable to encourage class discussion and/or journal reflections by students over the concept of deviance and how the context in which deviance occurs influences views on the act. The activity can also be adapted to add or remove specific acts of deviance or the context in which the deviance occurs that may be of more interest to students. The goals of the assignment are for students to (1) understand and articulate what is means for deviance to be relative and (2) reflect upon what factors (i.e. social location, context, gender) impact the relativity of deviance. The activity encourages cooperation among students, fosters class discussion, and challenges students to recognize how the same deviant act can have very different responses across a variety of contexts.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Class Activity 
Author(s):
Amy Baumann Grau 
Date Published:
4/8/2018 
Subject Area:
Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization 
Class Level:
any 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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Instructions • Break students in groups. It works best if students are in groups ranging in size from 4 to 6 persons. Students should work in groups for the duration of the activity. • It is important to stress to students not to google any of the terms, and instead have ready...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
1. Students will articulate what it means for deviance to be relative.
Assessment 1:
1. Students will work together to define or respond to discussion questions on paper and/or verbally.
Goal 2:
2. Students will demonstrate the relativity of deviance.
Assessment 2:
2. Students will work together to rank acts of deviance based upon context and explain what influenced their decisions to assign that rank ordering.
Goal 3:
3. Students will reflect upon what factors influence the relativity of deviance.
Assessment 3:
3. Students will work together to respond to in class on paper or verbally, or later journal in response to discussion questions.

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