COURSE TITLE: Socio-cultural Aspects of Sport
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Kyle Pushkarenko
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)

This course examines how socio-cultural factors influence sport, and how sport has become a socializing agent of society and culture. Historical and sociological dimensions are explored. Aspects include the industry of sport, gender and sport, ethics and sport, and sport phenomena such as the Olympics.

Same as PHED 348

Prerequisites: 6 credits of PHED or three credits of PHED and three credits of sociology.
REQUIRED TEXTS: There is no required textbook. Students will be assigned readings that will be found on reserve in the library, available through an electronic link or on Moodle, or in a handout.
30 for 30 Responses (4)20%
Student Presentations (Group - Major topics in sport sociology)15%
Midterm exam25%
Final exam 40%
  • To gain an understanding of the discipline of sociology.
  • To explore the influence of social indicators such as class, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, violence, education, the media and politics on who can or cannot enjoy sport and leisure.
  • To introduce the concept of thinking critically as an empowering process.
  • To prepare students for more advanced courses in the history and sociology of sport and leisure.
  • Week 1 (January 5, 2017) Course outlines and expectations, and introductory group activity.
  • Week 2 (January 10/12, 2017) What is the sociology of sport? / How can social theories help us understand sport?
  • Week 3 (January 17, 2017) Using history to understand sport today.
  • Week 4 (January 24/26, 2017) Sports and socialization. / Sports and children.
  • Week 5 (January 31/February 2, 2017) Deviance in sport: Is it out of control?
  • Week 6 (February, 7/9, 2017) How does violence in sport affect our lives?
  • Week 7 (February, 14/16, 2017) Midterm Exam Review Session and Midterm Exam.
  • Week 8 (February 21/23, 2017) Reading Week – Classes Cancelled.
  • Week 9 (February 28/March 2, 2017) Gender and sport. / Race and ethnicity in sport.
  • Week 10 (March 7/9, 2017) Social class – issues of money and power.
  • Week 11 (March 14/16, 2017) Characteristics of commercial sports (i.e., Economy) / Sports and the media.
  • Week 12 (March 21/23, 2017) Politics and government in sport.
  • Week 13 (March 28/30, 2017) Interscholastic sports programs. / Future perspectives of sport.
  • Week 14 (April 4/6, 2017) Student Presentations.
  • Week 15 (April 11/13, 2017) Student Presentations. / Year (Semester) in Review.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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