Fall 2016 - SA 353 D100
Sociology of Sport (S) (4)
Class Number: 3440
Delivery Method: In Person
A sociological examination of sport focuses on the role of this important set of institutions and activities in shaping social relations and understandings about difference and identity. Sport has a long history of naturalizing racial and gender differences in such a way as to reinforce and reflect social inequality more broadly. Racial segregation in sport (at least in formal legal terms) is no longer considered acceptable in western societies or in the Olympic movement at the global level. But the power of sport in reinforcing and naturalizing racial inequality continues while the naturalness and inevitability of sex segregation in sport remains largely unchallenged. This course will explore the relationships between sport and social inequality, sport and nationalism, and sport and the economy. Students with credit for SA 216 or SA 315 (when offered as Society of Leisure) may not take this course for further credit.
The common sense assumption that sports are a neutral institution for deriving and demonstrating athletic excellence remains relatively intact in western society despite a volume of research that shows that access to sport, and the outcome of sport, is highly biased, consistent with overall social hierarchies, and politically contested. Sport has a long history of naturalizing racial and gender differences in such a way as to reinforce and reflect social inequality more broadly. Racial segregation in sport (at least in formal, legal terms) is no longer considered acceptable in western societies or in the Olympic movement at the global level. But the power of sport in reinforcing and naturalizing racial inequality continues while the naturalness and inevitability of sex segregation in sport remains largely unchallenged. A sociological examination of sport will include an historical overview of the emergence of sport and the role it has played and does play in shaping social relations, understandings about difference and identity, and the relationships between sport, nationalism, capitalism and globalization.
Please note: Deductions for late assignments = 10% per calendar day. All graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.
Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.
Your final mark in the class will be based on one of the following two options [no turning back once the date for the midterm examination has passed]:
2 written critical summaries plus 5 minute class presentation 30% of final grade
Midterm Examination 30% of final grade
Take-Home Final Examination 40% of final grade
Option 2 ‘Reading sport critically’ Research Paper Outline 10% of final grade
‘Reading sport critically’ Research paper 60% of final grade
Take-Home Final Examination 30% of final grade
Readings for the course will be available as pdfs or SFU library links via Canvas.
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
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