SOC 375 Deviant Behavior 2013
Note: You will not know in advance which questions will be selected for the exam so it is advisable to prepare for each question. Remember the exam will be closed-notes and closed-book. Your answers should reflect the breadth of information presented in the class and must incorporate specific material from the course readings whenever appropriate. Please bring a blank blue book to the exam.
One of the essay questions below will appear on your exam, plus there will be a short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, true/false section based primarily on key terms from the text and your notes.
1. Compare and contrast examples from the documentary “Medicated Kids” to:
a) The sick role
b) A “career” of disability
c) The medicalization of deviance
2. Examine mental illness from a sociological perspective. Be sure to discuss:
a) The patterns related to demographic variables.
b) The pros and cons of the deinstitutionalization movement.
c) Labelling, PTSD and examples from the documentary “Soldier’s Heart”.
3. Discuss the sociological insights concerning suicide. Be sure to cover at least:
a) The social patterns of suicide
b) The five types of suicide analyzed by Durkheim and others. Discuss examples.
c) Four sociological explanations for suicide. Which is the strongest?
4. Examine drug use and addiction from a sociological perspective. Inlcude:
a) a definition of drugs from a sociological perspective
b) how is drug use built in to normal life?
c) how does one learn to be a marijuana user according to your textbook?
d) how does becoming a marijuana user compare to becoming a heroin addict?