- Guest speakers
- Technology assisted learning
Defining the Field:
- define physical education, sport, recreation, play and dance
The sociological analysis of sport in societies:
- the discipline of sociology
- sport as a microcosm of society
- levels of sport
Sport and cultural sources of the rise of sport in industrial societies:
- the transformation of sport
- the technological revolution and sport
- industrialization, urbanization and sport
- social aggregates and cultural influences in the rise of sport
Sport and societal values:
- the Canadian value system
- societal values and sport
Children and sport:
- youth sports programs
- socialization and sport
- sports alternatives for the young athlete
- the status of sport in schools
- the benefits of school sport
- problems, dilemmas and issues
- the status of intercollegiate sport
- the benefits of intercollegiate sport
- problems, dilemmas and issues
Social problems and issues and sport:
- selected issues and problems in sport e.g., drugs, violence, parental behaviour, sexual harassment, etc.
Sport and religion:
- religion and society
- the relationship of religion and sport
Sport and the polity:
- the political uses of sport
- the politics of international sport
Sport and the economy:
- economic beneficiaries of sport
- professional and amateur sport as a business
- careers in sport and leisure
Sport and the mass media:
- social roles of the mass media
- the impact of the mass media on sport
- the impact of sport on the mass media
Sport, social stratification and social mobility:
- social class and sport
- social mobility and sport
Race and sport:
- minority groups
- discrimination in sport
- multiculturalism and sport
Gender and sport:
- social sources of sexism in sport
- consequences of sexism for women in sport
- recent trends in women’s sport
Contemporary trends and the future of sport:
- trends in population, industry and technology
- a future society and sport
- trends in the economy
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- Defining the field.
- The sociological analysis of sport in society.
- Social and cultural sources of the rise of sport in industrial societies.
- Sport and societal values.
- Children and sport.
- Interscholastic sport.
- Intercollegiate sport.
- Social issues and problems and sport.
- Sport and religion.
- Sport and polity.
- Sport and the economy.
- Sport and the mass media.
- Sport, social stratification and social mobility.
- Race and sport.
- Women and sport.
- Contemporary trends and the future of sport.
The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:
- Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
- A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
- Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.
- Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation.
The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
- Course pack: SPSC 1105: An Introduction to the Study of Sport
- Required textbook: Eitzen, S., & Sage, G. (2008). Sociology of North American Sport (8th Ed.) Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
Students will also be assigned readings from the following textbooks:
- Coakly, J. (2001). Sport in Society: Issues & Controversies, Mosby Publishing, 7th Edition.
- Gruneau, R. & Albinson, J. (1976). Canadian Sport: Sociological Perspectives. Addison Wesley, 1st Edition.
- Hall, A., Slack, T., Smith, G., & Whitson, D. (1991). Sport in Canadian Society, McClelland & Stewart.
- Leclair, J. (1992). Winners and Losers: Sport and Physical Activity in the 90’s, Thompson Educational Publishing.
- Donnelly, P. (1997). Taking Sport Seriously: Social Issues in Canadian Sport, Thompson Educational Publishing, 1st Edition.
- Wuest, D., & Buchner, C., (2009). Foundations of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Sport, McGraw-Hill, 16th Edition.