This course introduces students to foundational sociological theories, key research foci, and contemporary issues in the sociological study of sport. The course broadly intends to question the important and often complex place sport holds in society today, challenging the notion that sport is a trivial or apolitical enterprise while revealing the ways in which sports “matter” in contemporary culture; using examples such as the Olympics in Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018. To these ends, students will be introduced to a variety of topics including
- Sport and social theory,
- Social divisions in sport,
- Women in sport,
- Sporting mega-events, and
- LGBTQ+ politics and sport.
Course restriction: In some semesters, this course is 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 200.1, SOC 300.1, SOC/QSX/WGS 400.1 and SOC 412.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover site visits (2018–19 fee = $25).
Semesters: Fall, Spring