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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 230
Course Title: Sports and Society
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Survey of social theories and projected role of the patterns of sports and heroism in society.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies with Powerweb
By Coakley, Jay (McGraw Hill)
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle Over Building Sports Stadiums
By Delany, Kevin and Rich Eckstein (Rutgers University Press)
Sociology of North American Sport
By Eitzen, D. Stanley and George Sage (McGraw Hill)
Sport and Society: A Student Introduction
By Houlihan, Barrie (Sage)
Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity
By Messner, Michael (Beacon Press)
Sport, Men, and the Gender Order: Critical Feminist Perspectives
By Messner, Michael and Don Sabo, eds (Human Kinetics Books)
Globalization and Sport: Playing the World
By Miller, Tobey, Geoffrey A. Lawrence, Jim McKay, and David Rowe (Sage)
The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective
By Toohey, K. and A. J. Veal (Oxford University Press)
Handbook of Sports Studies
By Coakley, Jay & Eric Dunning, eds (Sage)
Building Sports Stadiums
By Delany, Kevin and Rich Eckstein (Rutgers University Press)
Course Objectives
  • To define and analyze theories and patterns of sport in society.
  • To understand the ritual significance of sport.
  • To understand violence in sports, among both athletes and fans.
  • To analyze power through the ways of race, class, gender and sexuality function in our society in the arena of sport.
Measurable Learning
  • Explain sociological theories on sport and society.
  • Evaluate sport as a ritual.
  • Investigate violence in sports.
  • Analyze the role of power in maintaining existing social class, racial, gender hierarchies as well as hierarchies of sexuality.
Topical Outline:
  • Theoretical perspectives on sport and society
  • Sports and solidarity; Sport as ritual
  • Role and functions of spectators
  • Violence in sports and among fans
  • Gender and sports
  • Construction of masculinity through sports
  • Challenges to femininity through sports
  • Race and sports--Stacking
  • Sexuality and sport
  • Sports and social class

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: September 22, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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