SOC 212 - Sports and Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
WorldLit
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Few things have characterized mass culture in the 20th century more consistently and thoroughly than sports. Particularly in their team variety, there is not one industrial country in the world that does not possess at least one major team sport which has attained hegemonic dimensions in that country's culture in the course of this passing century. There can simply be no doubt that team sports as a form of mass culture have been among the most essential ingredients of public life in the 20th century. Why has this been the case? And how did this happen? Moreover, why did the United States deviate from the rest of the industrial world not in terms of the presence of such sports, but in their number and kind? Briefly put, why are baseball, football, and basketball the hegemonic team sports that defined American mass culture throughout the 20th century whereas no other industrial country has more than two such hegemonic team sports, most often indeed only one — soccer. Why has this sports map remained so stable throughout a highly volatile and ever-changing century? Will this stability persist into the new millennium or will new forces challenge these hegemonic sports and contest them in their respective cultural space?

This is a demanding and academically challenging course which uses sports as a vehicle to explain the complexity of modern societies. Readings include texts by complex thinkers such as Max Weber and Werner Sombart, and are demanding in quantity and quality. Students mainly interested in "talking sports", in "shmoozing sports" and those who want to focus solely on contemporary American sports should not take this course. While we will most decidedly discuss contemporary American sports, we will do so in terms of their larger cultural context as well as societal meaning and development rather than just for their own sake.

SOC 212 - Sports and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
44874
Open
37
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
44875
Open
8
24Ugrd
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
44876
Closed
0
20Ugrd
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
44877
Open
1
15Ugrd
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
44878
Open
14
24Ugrd
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
44879
Open
5
22Ugrd
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
44880
Open
3
22Ugrd
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
44881
Open
4
19Ugrd
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
44882
Open
2
21Ugrd
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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