Sociology of Sport
This course is organized around the theme of 'social problems and social issues in sport'. It begins by defining what is meant by the 'sociology of sport' and by examining why sport is sociologically significant. It then looks at a number of theoretical approaches to the study of sport, both ‘classic’ and ‘contemporary’. The substantive topics dealt with in the course include gender/body/sexuality, fitness/health, violence/law/social control, risk/pain/injury, sport/media, and sport/globalization. However, time permitting, reference will also be made to numerous other sports-related issues such as political economy, race and ethnicity, Olympism, and children and sport. A sociological examination of these issues is intended to encourage students to think critically about the place and role of sport in society.