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Sociology 210 - Sociology of Deviance, Crime and Social Control - Pamela Williams-Páez

Course:Sociology of Deviance, Crime and Social Control
Professor:Pamela Williams-Páez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hi all! My name is Pamela Williams-Páez and I earned my M.A. in Sociology from University of Washington. My research interests include race and ethnicity, deviance and criminology, culture, popular culture, social stratification and social movements. My writing in the discipline addresses the sociology of a metro bus and what we can learn from public space about society and ourselves. I have extensive travel experience and enjoy doing art, music and gardening in my spare time.

Studying Sociology is a lot of fun!  In this discipline we are able to see how things that seem ordinary reveal much about our social lives and ourselves. Everything that you are interested in can be related to Sociology. Deviance and Crime is a fascinating area of sociology that connects to so much of our lives. So much of our world is taken for granted and Sociology actively changes that, forcing interrogation and a critical awareness. But there is so much more! Using your newly discovered sociological imagination everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. You will be able to explore how your life is shaped and influenced by social forces and how you can be an agent of positive social change!

Course Description

Provides a sociological explanation of deviance, crime, and social control found within the United States, including the societal norms, values, and beliefs that influence socially constructed definitions of deviant behavior.

Units: 3.00 UC:CSU

What to Expect in this Course

This course is completely online and will meet through CANVAS through the COC website from. We will NOT meet in person. Please ensure you have logged into Canvas ( no later than day two of the term; if you do not, I am required to DROP you from this course. Please ensure that you are able to accommodate yourself to the confines of online learning. This means not only reading online, a computer with internet access, but the desire and self motivation to actively participate and learn. You must be able to login at least every other day to keep up with class discussions (both your own and your classmates) as well as keep up with the readings. Just because this class is online does not mean it’s easier. There are trade-offs between the convenience of home and saving gas and time. ***Please, please, please ensure you fully understand what this means before attempting this class. If you have questions on this you can email me for clarification.***

Having said all that, this class will be fun. You will learn a lot of highly relevant ideas that directly apply to your everyday life that you were completely unaware of. The journey into a new world (the world you think you are familiar with) begins today. Enjoy!

Types of Assessments

This course will feature exams, assignments, and discussion boards.

Textbook Information

All readings will be provided in electronic form through your Canvas course. There are no textbook costs for this course. 

Other Relevant Course Information

After reading the message below, please feel free to email me with questions at this email address: will strive to answer emails I receive prior to the first day of class within a day or two. Please be sure to include your full name, the class, and the section number in your emails. Please do NOT email me to say, “May I add your class?” Read this letter in its entirety. This course is completely online class and will meet through Canvas through the COC website. We will NOT meet in person. Please ensure you have logged into Canvas ( no later than day two of the term; if you do not, I am required to drop you from the course.  

***Remember that for each three-unit sociology class you should expect to spend nine hours per week on the class in a full semester. *** This includes reading, taking exams, etc. I want you to be successful and starting off on the wrong foot is usually not a good indicator of success. Online courses require a high level of self-initiative and they are well suited to students who possess this quality. This is for a standard 16-week semester. Just because it is online does NOT mean we do less work, we do the same amount of work online.

To do well in this class you must have access to a dependable computer as well as reliable access to the internet. The school has many, many computers available for your use—check out the library, TLC, and ASG computer lab. Your public library also probably has computers for use, but the time allowed may be limited.

Be sure to check out CANVAS for updates and course materials.

Part of being successful in an online class is learning the material and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material. If you are new to online courses, I strongly suggest you investigate some of the online tutorials.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 05/27/2021 Sub#: 97