Sociology | Social Problems & Policies
S101 | 4729 | Jimerson

Topic: Sociology of Sport

Goals: THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT will teach students to consider
sport’s causes, consequences, and comportment.

	Sport mirrors society, by learning about sports, students
will also learn about societies.  How people organize the games that
people play and watch, select participants and sponsors, how people
treat winners and losers, and enforce rules, reflects their
worldviews.  Conversely, people’s values, class, race, gender, and
politics structure their sports.  Plus, sports often teach people,
particularly children, how to interact with other people.

	This course explores one of America’s and the world’s most
widespread social institutions. Our goal is to improve
students “Sociological Imagination,” which C.  Wright Mills defined
as an ability to understand how society works and how society
affects individuals. In this class, we will study how society
influences sport and how sport in turn alters society. After
completing this course you should know more about society as well as
sports. By semester's end, you must be able to write about the
relations between society and sports.
Means: Students must attend at least 20 classes and answer 4 exams.
Lectures will incorporate ideas from the readings as well as
information not in the readings. You must read the assigned
material. Each exam will have three sections. The first section asks
students to define key concepts, the second asks students to
describe readings, and the third asks students to discuss how
specific readings relate to each other. Students will also have to
attend 20 or more classes. Attendance will be taken by collecting
3x5 index cards at the end of each class period. Students must buy
index cards, and then write their names, comments, questions, and
the date after each class. No attendance will be taken during the
first class when many people are still adding and dropping courses.
No excuses will be accepted. You can miss one week of class, so
don't even bother bringing an excuse. If you miss four classes, a
percentage point will be deducted for each and every 1 of your
subsequent absences.

Required text:

Sport in Contemporary Society by D.  Stanley Eitzen.
Worth Publishers.