HIST 212 Sport in America A Social History • 5 Cr.
Surveys the role of sports in society. Students examine the development of games and sports in the context of western history, with an emphasis on organized sports in American culture. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Recognize the cultural basis of athletic pastimes as they originate in the ancient world, evolve through the medieval and are transported to European colonies in North America.
- Recognize and analyze how these pastimes evolved into a for profit business modality and what role, first higher, then secondary, and finally pre school education came to play in this process.
- Delineate what elements of American culture are implicit in sporting/athletic endeavors and analyze the reciprocal relationship of the larger culture in forming modern sports enterprises. The political and socioleconomic factors, among others, at work here.
- Assessment of these outcomes will be accomplished through in class timed essay and out of class extended essay assignments directed primarily at exhibiting a factual and analytical comprehension of the material.
- A comprehensive untimed out of class final exam.