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CMRJ518 - Deviant Behavior

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ518 Course ID: 2588 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines deviant behavior and the common definitions associated with it. The course further identifies what social deviance is and what is considered to be deviant in today’s society. The sociological and psychological issues are also reviewed as they pertain to the methods of sentencing and the criminal justice system's approach to deviance. In addition, the theories associated with deviance are also explored.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

CO1: Examine the theoretical foundation for modern thought and explanation of American deviance.

CO2: Analyze the basis for how we define social and illegal deviance.

CO3: Evaluate the causes of violent behavior in our society.

CO4: Examine the stigmatization associated with mental illness and its effect on society.

CO5: Assess theoretical perspectives of substance abuse and changing cultural attitudes about drug use.

CO6: Evaluate theories associated with political deviance.

CO7: Assess the relevance of sociological and psychological theories to explaining deviant behavior.

CO8: Analyze factors related to changing attitudes about sexual deviance and female promiscuity

CO9: Analyze the future of rehabilitation of deviant behavior


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Intro Forum 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Forum Posts 39.00 %
Forum 1 6.50 %
Forum 2 6.50 %
Forum 3 6.50 %
Forum 4 6.50 %
Forum 5 6.50 %
Forum 7 6.50 %
Week 6 30.00 %
Week 6 Research Paper 30.00 %
Final Exam 30.00 %
CMRJ518 Final Exam 30.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.