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SOC 222 Sports in Society • 5 Cr.


Are sports an avenue for personal empowerment or a path to exploitation? What do sports mean in American society? Study the ways in which sports are embedded in social systems such as the economy, government, and education. Themes include race, class and gender issues, crime and violence in sport, and the economic impact of sport.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Examine how sports cultivate social interactions and can promote racism, sexism and homophobia.
  • Explain the role of sport as it relates to the socialization of children and young adults.
  • Critically analyze the positive and negative impacts of sport as it relates to social justice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to sports and deviant behavior.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore the intersections of race, class, and gender issues within the context of sport.
  • Examine the association between education and involvement in sports.
  • Use social order perspectives to critically analyze how professional and college sports are powered and heavily influence by business and economics.

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