This course aims to provide an analysis of sociological issues associated with sport. Students will be introduced to sociological theory and examine how sport functions as a social phenomenon. Discussion will involve in-depth examination as to the meaning of sport, and will also focus on topics such as gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, socioeconomic status, the media, sponsorship, the 2012 London Games and 2014 Sochi Games and their relevance to the social construct of sport. Particular emphasis will be placed on British and global sport, with evaluation and comparison to American sport serving to highlight sport as a social entity. In some semesters, not open to students in another course with a SOC cross-listing except for sociology majors by request (check academic update for any restriction for current semester). These courses include SOC/QSX/WGS 400.1 and SOC 412.
Semesters: Fall, Spring