Communication and Culture | Topics in Media, Culture, and Society (Topic: Sports Media)
C204 | 27495 | Malitsky, J.

TuTh, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, SB 150

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Josh Malitsky
Office: C2 217
Phone: 856-0405

Without question, sports play a significant role in the lives of
many Indiana University students, not just those who participate in
NCAA-sanctioned athletics.  Sports are understood as synechdoches
for other life experiences and they can be seen to build communities
within the university and beyond.  But even as one of the
most “popular” cultures, sports have received scant attention in the
humanities.  They are often characterized by athletes and
journalists as just games, temporary relief from the struggles
of “real life.”

This course takes sports seriously, not just as an economic
enterprise but also for the conversations about social life it
generates,   It has two primary and related goals.  First, it will
explore the ways in which sports offer a consistently compelling
space for conversations about racial, gender, ethnic, class, and
sexual identity.  Second, it will do so by recognizing the impact of
various forms of mediation (film, television, radio, video game,
internet blogs, etc.) on these dialogues, calling attention to the
ways in which sports media representations influence sports’
multiple and contested meanings.