Students will formulate 2-3 developed questions about deviance that they find intellectually stimulating and feasible to tackle within the time constraints. Under each question, the student will describe why this is a question that is important to study as well as how it relates to the course. Papers should be 2-3 pages (not including title and references). The instructor will review these questions for suitability. Once the student has at least one suitable question, the instructor will work with the student to discuss the topic in greater depth and help locate data sources.

Criteria to consider include:

  • Each question falls within the scope of this class
  • Each question can be answered empirically through data collection
  • Each question examines the relationship between two or more variables