• Choose two major theories of deviance. They can be theories we covered within this course, or you may choose a theory that was not presented (there are many). Social strain theory can be used for the assignment topic
  • Complete a research paper covering both theories – present the histories, main ideas, examples of how they explain deviant behaviors, etc.
  • Compare and contrast the two theories.
  • Create your own example of deviance and apply both theories to your example.
  • Using your example, identify which social work interventions you could use to help the person in need.

Length expectation is a minimum of 6 full pages (if you are covering all topics in the directions, you should have no issues meeting this minimum requirement). APA format is required. Please use headings throughout your paper so that each required section is easily identified. The cover page, abstract and reference page do not count towards the minimum requirement of 6 pages.

Grading Rubric:

Presentation of 2 Theories & Research: 30% of grade

Comparing/Contrasting theories: 10% of grade

Example of deviance & application to theories: 20% of grade

Social Work Interventions: 20% of grade

APA Format & Minimum Length Requirement: 20% of grade

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