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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOC* E251 - Sociology of Sport (3 credits)

Code(s): BHEL
Prerequisite(s): SOC* E101  or Instructor Permission
Sociology of sport is an area of sociology that focuses on sport as a social phenomenon and on the social structures, patterns, and organizations or groups engaged in sport. The course critically examines common sense views about the role, function and meaning that sport has in society. For example, it is one way that people communicate their perception of their own identity and the groups they belong to in society. Often sport is used to maintain and communicate cultural identity, and as a catalyst for or reflection of social change. An in-depth consideration of popular issues in sport includes race, drugs and deviance, gender, competition and “success emphasis,” violence, fantasy and heroes, status acquisition, economy and politics. Issues are considered from the perspective of different sociological theories and history. Course Outline: SOC 251