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

Richard Baldoz's courses

Richard Baldoz's courses

127.  Introduction to Sociology: Individuals, Inequalities, and Institutions  4 Credits
The goal of sociology is to offer insights into our social environment, which we often take for granted, to explain the social processes that shape our lives. Sociologists address such questions as why are there inequalities; what role does religion play in our society; how is technology changing our lives; etc. This course introduces students to these and other topics as well as to the dominant theories and methods of the discipline.  Enrollment Limit:  40

130.  Introduction to Sociology: Social Problems - 4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and social themes in contemporary sociology.  Topics of discussion and research include stratificaiton, ascriptive processes and the social construction of public problems.  We will consider what is distinctive about a sociological perspective on the world and discuss the nature of sociological descirption and explanation.  Enrollment Limit:  40

215:  The Asian American Experience - 4 Credits
How do race and culture define who belongs to the nation?  For instance, how can ethnic minorities at times be out whiting whites' but still be denised full citizenship?  We answer these questions by examining Asian mericans' efforts for belonging and social justice.  Topics include generational change, the 'war on terror', media, trans-naitonalism, multi-racials, pan ethnicity, identity, and much more, and will be addressed from an intersectional approach.  Readings come from many disciplines, with stress on sociology.  Prerequisite:  One course in sociology.   Enrollment Limit:  35

250.  Sociology of Popular Culture - 4 Credits
This course focuses on the relationship between popular culture, media, and society, and provides an overview of social structure, content, audiences and effects. Culture is discussed in relation to its institutional, economic, and social contexts. The course examines a variety of popular cultural forms (e.g., music, film, and sports) and looks closely at media production and consumption as cultural practices. We will also explore recent debates about the relationship between culture and society.   Enrollment Limit:  35

335.  Sociology of Globalization - 4 Credits
This course examines the historical, theoretical and ideological processes associated with ‘Globalization'. A growing number of scholars in the social sciences and humanities have invoked the term to describe a variety of changing economic, political, and cultural processes that have been transformed since the 1970s. We will explore a number of aspects of globalization, such as the dynamics of a global political economy, transnational migration flows, and the emergence of new social movements.  Prerequisite:  One Sociology course or one Comparative American Studies Course.  Enrollment Limit:  25

348.  Constructing Immigrant Communities  4 Credits
Why do people migrate? What kinds of jobs do they attain, and with what impact on other groups? Why and when do they maintain transnational communities or choose to assimilate? How does the second generation make sense of its experiences? Taking a comparative ethnic approach, we will examine immigrants? adaptation to better understand the nation and global processes generally. We will examine how race, ethnicity, gender, class, trans-nationalism, and sexuality shape these processes.  Enrollment Limit:  25

420.  Social Inequalities:  Class, Race, and Gender - 4 Credits
This course will explore contemporary sociological approaches in the study of social inequality. The enduring structure and reproduction of inequalities along axes of class, race and gender are core problems of sociology. This seminar will examine these issues by first considering various theoretical issues utilized by scholars in the field. We will then examine how different thinkers have implemented of these theories and concepts in a variety of innovative case studies.  Enrollment Limit:  12.  Consent from Instructor Required