Department Chair:
Daphne John, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Judi Davidson

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758370
Fax: 440 7758644

King 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Office Hours: 730-400

Aaron Howell's courses

Aaron Howell's courses

137.  Introduction to Sociology:  The Sociological Imagination - 3 Credits
This course will introduce you to the field of sociology, which is the systematic study of human social action. Sociology seeks to explain human behavior by examining how social organization, social structures, social institutions, and culture operate as “social forces” in the construction of society. Specifically, you will learn what sociology is, the type of research questions sociologists study, and how sociology is used to understand individual outcomes and life chances.  
Enrollment Limit:  40

214.  Social Movements - 3 Credits
Social movements are collective attempts to change the way people live their lives, how governments govern, and how economic systems produce and distribute goods.  This class focuses on theoretical domains in the sociological study of social movements and general social processes rather than on specific movements.  Substantive work on specific movements is used to explain issues such as mobilization, tactics, ideology, as well as how the social context in which a movement takes place matters.

243.  Urban Sociology:  The City as a Growth Machine - 3 Credits
This course introduces you to historical, theoretical, and empirical perspectives on urban development and urban life. More specifically, we will examine (a) sociological theories of “urbanization” and “urbanism”, (b) the history of urbanization and the place of the city in the modernizing process, (c) the nature of urban and suburban life, (d) urban structures and populations, and (e) the politics and policies that attempt to cope with contemporary trends and conflicts.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Sociology.  Enrollment Limit:  30

256.  Social Orders and Disorders - 3 Credits
Who defines morality? Who creates law? How is order sustained? An enduring question in the social sciences is how order is maintained in a constantly changing society. This course investigates questions of social order. Using primary texts from both classical and contemporary readings, we will examine mechanisms of social control and analyze their effectiveness within specific social and economic circumstances.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Sociology. 
Enrollment Limit: 30.

445.  Seminar in Urban Sociology:  Housing America - 3 Credits
This course explores housing in the United States. Where people live impacts their quality of life – for example, the well being of children and adolescents, access to a quality education and to good jobs, housing values, personal safety, and the quality of social networks. Using historical, economic, and sociological perspectives we will examine residential location as an independent dimension of stratification and demonstrate how neighborhoods matter.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Sociology or Consent from Instructor.  Enrollment Limit: 12.