Sociological Aspects of Sport

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 2281
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
A critical introduction to social and cultural dimensions of sport in western industrial societies. Central emphasis is the distinctiveness of the sociological perspective as a way of understanding the nature of sport in social and cultural life.
Course Content
  1. The sociological analyses of sport in society:
  • The discipline of Sociology
  • Sport as a microcosm of society
  • Levels of sport
  • Social 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
  • Interscholastic sport:
    • The status of sport in schools
    • The benefits of school sport
    • Problems, dilemmas and issues
  • Intercollegiate sport:
    • 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:
      • 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
  • 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
  • Women 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
    Learning Activities
    • Lectures
    • Guest Speakers
    • Seminars
    • Videos
    • Slides
    • Overheads
    Means of Assessment
    Test #1 20%
    Test #2 20%
    Test #3 20%
    Major assignment 20%
    Presentation & essay 20%


    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, students will have knowledge of:

    1. The sociological analysis of sport in society
    2. Social and cultural sources of the rise of sport in industrial societies
    3. Sport and societal values
    4. Children and sport
    5. Interscholastic sport
    6. Intercollegiate sport
    7. Social issues and problems and sport
    8. Sport and religion
    9. Sport and the polity
    10. Sport and the economy
    11. Sport and the mass media
    12. Sport, social stratification and social mobility
    13. Race and sport
    14. Women and sport
    15. Contemporary trends and the future of sport
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    Students will be assigned readings from the following textbooks:

    • Gruneau, R. and Albinson, J. (1976). Canadian Sport: Sociological Perspectives. Addison Wesley, 1st Edition.
    • Hall, A., Slack, T., Smith, G. and Whitson, D. (1991). Sport in Canadian Society. McClelland and Stewart, 1st Edition.
    • Eitzen, D. and Sage, G. (1993). Sociology of North American Sport. Brown and Benchmark, 5th Edition.
    • Coakley, J. (1990). Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies. Mosby Publishing, 4th Edition.
    • Leonard, W. (1988). A Social Perspective of Sport, MacMillan Publishing, 3rd edition.
    • Leclair, J. (1992). Winners and Losers: Sport and Physical Activity in the 90’s, Thompson Educational Publishing, 1st Edition.
    • Donnelly, P. (1997). Taking Sport Seriously: Social Issues in Canadian Sport, Thompson EducationalPublishing, 1st Edition.
    • Robinson, L. (1997). She Shoots She Scores: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Sport, Thompson Educational Publishing, 1st Edition.




    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

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    Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 2281
    Langara College (LANG) LANG KINS 2XXX (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 2XX (3)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 2XX (3)
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 261 (3)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

    Course Offerings

    Summer 2023