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Sociology of Sport

Course Description

This course examines the functions of sport as an emergent social institution in contemporary society. Focusing primarily but not exclusively upon the U.S., students will apply a sociological perspective to analyze the impact of sports upon culture, socialization, and social deviance. The course will examine the intersection of organized sports with major social institutions like family, education, the mass media, and the economy. There will be an emphasis upon the manifold connections between sport, race, class, and gender. (Prerequisites: ENGL-095 or satisfatory completion of the College's foundational studies requirement in writing; Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOCI-101 is strongly recommended)