Department Chair:
Rick Baldoz, Associate Professor/Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Pat Armstrong

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758370
Fax: 440 7758644

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

Greggor Mattson's courses

Greggor Mattson's courses

112. Introduction to Sociology:  You're Not the Boss of You - 4 Credits
Learn the methods and theories that sociologists use to understand our mass society that emerged out of 19th-century industrial and political revolutions. This young science's insights will help us understand contemporary controversies around inequality, social change, gender, race and power. This course will familiarize you with the relationship between sociology and other disciplines, techniques for reading original research articles, basic sociological writing skills, and mostly importantly, the social origin of individual thought and action.
Enrollment Limit: 40

203. Desire to be Modern: Sociology of Sexuality - 4 Credits
Sociologists study the social origins of sexuality; how shared beliefs shape what we desire, what is taboo or what shames us. Historical and cross-cultural research illuminates the emergence of modern sexuality and the ways it transformed systems of dating, marriage, homosexuality, government and racial classification. Learn why sociologists are skeptical of essentialist explanations that rely on biology and favor theories that recognize sexuality as a diverse, ever-changing function of cultural institutions. Enrollment Limit: 35

241. Urban Sociology: From Hogtown to Smogtown - 4 Credits
Explore a century of American hopes and fears about cities through the archetypes of Chicago and Los Angeles. Learn to see cities as built environments, ways of life, sources of community, and political economies. These paradigms ground our discussions of forces that shape cities and define American culture, including: race and residential segregation, technology, suburbanization, immigration, and gentrification. Central to this course are documentary films, field trips and curiosity about the cities you know. Prerequisite: One Course in Soiology. Enrollment Limit: 35

275. Enacting the Law - 4 Credits
The sociology of law studies how our everyday understandings both underpin and conflict with legal professionals and institutions. You need no previous legal knowledge-we use the legal knowledge you already possess to examine why claims of justice and equality often fail in practice and how legal reforms frequently have unintended consequences. Assignments include reading legal documents, conducting interviews, and observing legal proceedings-the formal and informal ways law gets enacted every day. Enrollment Limit: 35

338.  Prostitution and Social Control: Governing Loose Women - 4 Credits
Prostitution is a site of easy truths and inevitable conflict because of cultural ambiguities about sexuality, gender, ethnicity and citizenship. We probe these intersecting meanings by reviewing the wide range of empirical meanings attributed to prostitution and the ways modern forces have transformed them, especially the state. Taking cues from Michel Foucault, we analyze why recent legal solutions cannot fulfill expectations and discuss how the social control of prostitution might actually cause it. Restrictions: Closed to first year students.  Pre-reqs: related intermediate course in these departments Related intermediate course in SOCI, GSFS, or Law & Society Enrollment Limit:  25

426.  Alcohol and Culture: Social Control Under the Influence - 4 Credits
Alcohol lubricates memorable celebrations yet also causes disease, tragedy and the loss of self-control. This course explores how the meanings of alcohol are as powerful as its chemistry. We examine communities where alcoholism is rare to those where is rampant and the social movements that have shifted norms and legislation. At bottom, the sociology of alcohol highlights our assumptions about free will, social control, and rewarding social relations. Participants will produce original empirical research.  Restrictions: Closed to first year students, instructor consent required. Pre-reqs: Social research methods or equivalent.  Enrollment Limit:  12