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SOCIOLOGY 2980: The Sociology of Sport
Barbara Thomas Coventry, Ph.D. Summer 2004
OFFICE HOURS: after my M-TR 9:50-11:30 class as needed
Office: 2680F University Hall PHONE: 419-530-4299
This course will encourage students to look beyond the athletic performances and box scores to explore sports as a social phenomenon. We will study sports as a microcosm of our society, examining many of the same sociological issues within the framework of sports that exist in society as whole. More specifically, we will consider the cultural aspects of sport, how sports are related to social institutions (such as education, politics, and economics) and how sports affect and are affected by social inequality (race, class, and gender inequality). Students will be required to think critically about sports, and to identify and analyze social issues related to sports in our society.
Eitzen, Stanley D. and George H. Sage. 2003. Sociology of North American Sport. 7th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Self-Introductory Message. Students are required to post a message introducing themselves. You can find my introductory message in the “Get Started” element of this class. In the message, students can discuss their educational and/or sports backgrounds, addressing the question: Why are interested in sociology and/or sport? Also, indicate if you are presently located in the Toledo. If you are not in the Toledo area, please indicate where you are. Your introductory message must be posted by midnight Saturday of the first week and is worth 5% of your grade.
Quiz. A quiz will be given to help prepare students for the midterm. The quiz will be true-false, multiple-choice, and /or short answer format. The quiz will be taken on-line and will only be available on Sunday and Monday of the second week. Once you start to take the quiz, the system will only give you 15 minutes to take the quiz, so be prepared. The quiz will account for 5% of your final grade.
Examinations. There will be a midterm and final exam. The exams will consist of true-false, multiple-choice, and /or short answer questions. The midterm will be available for students on Thursday and Friday of the third week and the final exam will be available Thursday and Friday of the sixth week. Students must take the exams at proctored sites. If you are in the Toledo area, I will proctor the midterm on Thursday evening at 6:30 on campus. I will notify you of the exact place at least a week before the midterm. I will proctor the final exam on Thursday morning at 9:50am in Room 1180 in the Student Classroom Annex. If you are outside the Toledo area, you must contact me immediately regarding the proctoring of your midterm and final exams. The midterm will worth 25% and the final exam 25% of your final grade.
Papers. Students are required to write two short papers—approximately two pages in length. The first paper has two options. Option 1 involves students watching ESPN’s Outside the Lines or a segment of SportCenter that relates to the Sociology of Sport. If you cannot watch one of these programs, Option 2 involves watching a movie (you can rent one at your local video store) and relating it to the Sociology of Sport. Regardless if you choose Option 1 or 2, students should briefly explain what they watched and then indicate how it relates to the Sociology of Sport. The paper should be more an analysis than a summary of the show. This paper must be submitted by Friday noon of the second week.
For the second paper, students must do an internet search of a topic related to the Sociology of Sport, find an article on
topic, and write a position paper on the article. Students should briefly describe the author’s perspective and then indicate
why they agree or disagree with the author. This paper should also be more of an analysis of the issue than a summary of the
author’s article. Student must provide the URL of the article in documentation the article. The second paper must be
submitted by Friday noon of the fourth week. Papers count for 20% of your final grade.
Tips for Writing Papers for the Sociology of Sports.
GRADING. Your final grade will be based on the class requirements. I will weigh the requirement as follows:
Below is the schedule for the semester. I have assigned two chapters a week for students to read. However, students should note that some chapters are longer than others, and keep this in mind when budgeting their time. Students may do readings on their own timetable; however, students are responsible for the material associated with each chapter assigned before a quiz or test.
*Students are required to post discussions in, at least, four of the six weeks. Students should post a minimum of 12 discussions throughout the semester.