The topic for this paper is deviance, specifically serial killers. Students will
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The topic for this paper is deviance, specifically serial killers. Students will need to choose ONE person(s) from the following: Aileen Wuornos, Ted Bundy, Fred and Rose West, Dennis Rader, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, or Ray and Faye Copeland. Once chosen, students will describe in thorough detail, using a sociological perspective, why this (these) person(s) committed their crimes. In other words, using both macro and micro analysis, discuss events in their social environment including any traumatic past as a catalyst to their deviant behavior. Under macro students may use functionalism, strain theory or the conflict perspective. For micro, this includes labeling theory, differential association theory, and other key theories discussed in chapter 7. (Key terms may also include: social environment, agents of socialization, culture, social class, status, groups.) This is the students chance to demonstrate theory to practice; therefore, the crimes and person(s) must be analyzed from the SOC perspective. While you may insert other explanations for their behavior, the center focus must be from a social environment position.