Sociology | Social Problems and Policies. Topic: Sociology of Sport
S101 | 6511 | Hatteberg


1:00PM-2:15PM 	MW  BH 204

Estimated at a value of over $200 billion for 2008, the sports
industry has become one of the largest industries in the United
States.  This is largely the result of the unprecedented growth in
participation and spectator interest that has occurred over the last
century.  As an inherently social phenomenon involving countless
individuals, organized athletics is one of the most pervasive social
institutions in the world, a fact that has contributed to its
increasing popularity in sociological research.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to
the Sociology of Sport.  In it, we will explore the relationship
between sports and society using a number of sociological concepts
and theoretical approaches, paying specific attention to issues of
race, class, gender, and deviance.  We will also examine sports as
an agent of socialization and as an economic enterprise, in addition
to examining various media portrayals of sports in the U.S.
Finally, we will examine sports from a social problems perspective
by assessing the extent to which the structure of organized
athletics might produce some social problems while helping to solve
others.