HPE 262   


                                                  SPORT IN MODERN SOCIETY




Gems   - 637-5502

Office Hours:        MWF  8:00-10:00 a.m.

                            T-Th   12:00-4:00 p.m.


Catalog Description: The study of sociological and cultural aspects of sport in modern society.


Course Objectives


The student will be able to:


1.         identify theoretical foundations of sport studies:


2.         demonstrate an understanding of the role of sport in socialization, social structure, social             stratification, and social mobility;


3.         identify the relationship of sport and values within a        society;


4.         analyze the relationship of sport to politics, economy, religion, media, and education;


5.         engage in a research project involving data collection, inquiry, and analysis.




            Jay J. Coakley, Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies




            277-300 points             (excellent)                                 = A

            270-276 points                                                             = A-

            261-269 points                                                             = B+

            247-260 points             (above average)                        = B

            240-246 points                                                             = B-

            231-239 points                                                             = C+

            217-230 points             (satisfactory)                             = C

            210-216 points                                                             = C-

            180-209 points             (minimally acceptable)   = D

            less than 180 pts           (failure)                         = F





Attendance Policy:


Attendance is required.  Each absence will result in a loss of 3 points from your final point total and may affect your grade.







            5 article summaries (one due weekly)


            -           20 points each              =                      100 pts


            -           research paper              =                      100 pts

                        (10 pages minimum: typed)


            -           final exam                     =                      100 pts

                                                                        Total   300 pts


            All written work will be graded by content, i.e. scope and depth of analysis; as well as English usage, spelling, syntax, grammar, etc.  Each mistake on the latter will incur a penalty of .2 per occurrence.  Be sure to proofread your final draft.



                                      Weekly Reading Assignments



Week 1:                      Coakley, Chapters 1, 2                         Week 6:          Chapters 11, 13



Week 2:                      Coakley, Chapters 3                             Week 7:          Chapters 12



Week 3:                      Coakley, Chapter 7                              Week 8:          Chapters 8, 9, 10



Week 4:

                                    Coakley, Chapter 6                              Week 9:          Chapter 15



Week 5:                      Coakley, Chapters 4-5, 14                   Week 10:        Chapter 16







Course Outline


I.          Understanding Sport


            A.        Theoretical Perspectives


                        1.         Functionalism

                        2.         Conflict Theory

                        3.         Hegemony Theory


            B.         Modes of Inquiry


II.         Sport and Socialization


            A.        Play


            B.         Colonial Sport


            C.        Urban - Industrial Sport


            D.        Parks and Playgrounds


            E.         Interscholastic Sports


            F.         Community Sport


            G.        Sport and Social Systems


III.       Sport and Violence


            A.        Sport as Catharsis


            B.         Sport and Aggression


IV.       Sport and Deviance


            A.        Ethical Dilemmas


            B.         Misguided Values


V.        Sport and Values


            A.        Cultural Values


            B.         Schools


C.                 Commercialized Sport


VI.       Sport, Economics and Politics


            A.        Franchise Relocations


            B.         Sport as a Business


            C.        Olympic Sport


VII.      Sport and the Media


            A.        Function of Media Sport


            B.         Nature of Media


            C.        Corporate Influences on Sport


VIII. Class, Race, and Gender


            A.        Social Stratification


            B.         Social Mobility


            C.        Relationship of Race and Sport


            D.        Gender Inequality


IX.       Sport as a Secular Religion


            A.        Relationship of Religion and Sport        


                        1.         shared characteristics


                        2.         views of the body


B.                 Sport and Ideology


X.                             The Future of Sports


      A.        Adventure/Extreme Sports


      B.         Globalization


Sample Plan for Research Study





Gender Equity Survey



Step 1:         Choose a newspaper or sports magazine (Sport, Sports Illustrated, Coach, etc.) to analyze


Step 2:         Collect 20 issues of the paper or magazine for analysis


Step 3:         Count the number or stories about men and the number of stories about women; or count the inches of type (columns) that refer to men and the inches that refer to women


Step 4:         Record the amount for each (men’s total; women’s total)


Step 5:         Read the stories about women and answer the following questions:


A.      Do the stories about women refer to stereotypical feminine qualities (i.e. pretty, shapely, domestic, nurturing, caretaker, etc.)?


B.      If so, why do you think this is the case?  If not, why?


C.      Why might women be upset by such coverage?


D.      If the coverage of men and women is not equal, how can it be made more equal?  Suggest some solutions to the problem.