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Fall 2021
Sep 27,2022
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In exploring the cultural meanings people have produced via sports, this course devotes particular attention to symbolic social and political meanings pertaining to social control, nationalism, and patriotism. ln addressing these symbolic meanings, the course probes whether these symbolic meanings prop up social hierarchies and exacerbate inequality, or challenge these hierarchies and mitigate inequality. The course’s review of sports and social norms considers both the role that sports play in creating and sustaining certain social norms, such as norms pertaining to competition, cooperation, and violence, and how sports generates deviance, crime, and corruption. The course’s examination of the structural and institutional dimensions of sports focuses on the relationship between sports and social ratification, particularly with respect to race, social class, and sex/gender. The course delves into the specific social and economic-based forces and mechanisms that contribute to stratification, and attempts to address whether sports should be viewed as an engine of opportunity and social mobility, or a system of exploitation and a replicator of inequality. Lastly, Sociology of Sport addresses the role that sports have played in promoting social change. The course inquires into how some people and organizations have used sports as a platform to challenge inequality and social hierarchies, and how other people and organizations have resisted such efforts to change the status quo.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Sociology Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 18-Culture & Creativity

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     


General Requirements:
Course or Test: SOSC 110
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.

Course Attribute: GEHP
May not be taken concurrently. )

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