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Topics in Anthropology: Sports & Society (21:070:314:W5:13183)
Class Dates: 12/23/2019 - 1/17/2020
Instructor: Kraus
Location: Blackboard
Format: Online
Credits: 3

Have you ever played a sport? Watched a sport with friends and family? Ever wished you could be up on the Olympic podium, scored the winning point, or been carried off the field by your teammates as the “crowd went wild”? Most of us have sports in our lives in one way or another, and you certainly don’t need to be a FAN to see the significant impact of sports on our society.

The course will use a unique sociological lens to take a close look at various sports in American society and around the globe. How did certain sports come to be popular? Who plays? Who coaches? Who is making money and who is paying the price? How do sports reflect our social class, gender, and race relations? Why do sports seem to be so wrapped up with patriotism? How can sports help socialize children and adults? What kind of physical and psychological help or hurt are we inflicting on aspiring athletes, professionals, fans, marketers, communities, and the environment?

Come join this exciting course to make the familiar unfamiliar and learn about some of our most fundamental institutions of socialization: sports! You are sure to have a ball!

This course is cross listed with Topical Issues in Sociology: Sports & Society (21:920:394:W5:13185).

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