Sociology
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Department Chair:
Daphne John, Chair

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Judi Davidson

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Phone: 440 7758370
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King 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Dan Steward's courses

Dan Steward's courses

120. Introduction to Sociology - 3 Credits
3SS
The course focuses on the questions that sociologists ask, the theories that frame these questions and the methods that help answer them. Exploration of questions is conducted within the particular context of the long-standing social struggles regarding evolutionary theory in the modern world (i.e., the challenges to Darwinism from the "Scopes Monkey Trial" in the early 20th century to the "intelligent design" debates of the early 21st century). Enrollment Limit: 45

220. Cyberspace and Social Relations- 3 Credits
3SS
We will study the networks that constitute "cyberspace" and the ways that they are embedded in the older worlds of "meatspace." We will address such topics as social networking, virtual reality, panopticism, anonymity and accountability, identity construction, intellectual property regimes, electronic democracy, telecommuting, digital divides, distributed knowledge, and online learning. Some of our meetings will be held in cyberspace. Prerequisite: One course in sociology. Enrollment Limit: 25

258. Security, Secrecy, and Spectacle: Surveillance Society Since 9/11 - 3 Credits
3SS
How are legal institutions changing in the wake of 9/11? We will sketch an answer to this question in this course, both by expanding our cognitive toolkits to incorporate insights of recent/contemporary social theorists (e.g., the growth of panoptic surveillance in the modern world) and by exploring the profound changes now taking place with respect to habeas corpus, the growth of hidden prisons and wire-tapping, etc. Prerequisite: One course in Sociology. Enrollment Limit: 25

271. Sociology of Law and Legal Institutions - 3 Credits
3SS
Attention is given to the development of legal norms and related institutions. Institutional analysis will be directed primarily toward courts, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and legal training, prisons and prison functionaries. Prerequisite: One introductory course in Sociology. Enrollment Limit: 30

304. Loose Canons: Constructing the Classics in Law and Society - 3 Credits
3SS
Disciplines are often understood through their classical/canonical texts. But what happens when disciplines collide? We will explore the merging (and emerging) canons of law and society scholarship, an interdisciplinary field including law, sociology, politics, history, anthropology, etc. We will study canonical texts as an advanced law and society course, and we will consider their canonicity as a case study in the sociology of knowledge. Prerequisite: One course in Sociology. Enrollment Limit: 25

356. Censorship and Silencing - 3 Credits
3SS
We will open with a study of the liberal orthodoxy regarding freedom of expression and the problem of state censorship. We will then turn to various heterodoxies that challenge the conventional wisdom: problems of media concentration and non-state censorship; the problem of silencing via hate speech; etc. We will also address the ways that technology enables and constrains practices of censorship and silencing. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10

442. Censorship and Silencing - 3 Credits
3SS
We will open with a study of the liberal orthodoxy regarding freedom of expression and the problem of state censorship. We will then turn to various heterodoxies that challenge the conventional wisdom: problems of media concentration and non-state censorship; the problem of silencing via hate speech; etc. We will also address the ways that technology enables and constrains practices of censorship and silencing. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Enrollment Limit: 10