Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Sport in America: Historical Perspectives (3 cr)
P333 | 6055 | Fielding
One 75 minute period two times per week
A study of the evolution of sport in the United States within the larger
context of historical developments in society; women's sport experiences in
relation to the development of sport; examination of sport as a reflection
American culture from the founding of the colonies to the present.
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate their understanding of the role of sport as an institution in
American society and its relationship to other historical developments.
2. Identify stages in the development of organized sport and the historical
explanations given for that development, e.g., urbanization, the
revolution, loss of the frontier.
3. Identify the forms of sport participation and attitudes toward sport
various generations of both men and women in the United States.
4. Clarify the particular roles of women in the development of sport as -
participant, promoter - and the relationship of these roles to the
5. Recognize the accomplishments of individuals and groups, both male and
female, who were affected by sport in the United States.
6. Identify the ways in which sport has been viewed as a "reflection of
Rader, Benjamin, American Sports, from the Age of Folk Games to the Age of
Televised Sports. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Prentice- Hall, 1990.
Selected readings packet available at TIS Bookstore.
(Both are required)
1. Readings as assigned
2. Four short essays related to various topics in sport history (1 1/2 - 2
3. Ten brief summaries (5-6 sentences) of pertinent information from class
lectures and assigned readings, unannounced, written in class.
4. Two tests - mid-term covering readings, lectures and all class activities
up to the
date of the test. Final exam is comprehensive.
1. Brief Summaries written in class - 10%
-four originals - 20%
-four revisions - 20%
3. Mid-term examination - 25%
4. Final examination - 25%