RTF 365: SPORTS, MEDIA, & SOCIETY
To understand the interrelated relationship between sports and media inAmerican society. We will consider the influence/relationship between sport media and issuessuch as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, cultural identity, consumerism, commercialism,politics, and the changing role of sports journalism. We will do this by examining mediarepresentations, constructions, and narratives of sporting events, teams, athletes, and fans. Thecourse does not focus on one particular sport but rather looks to many sports - professional,amateur, team and individual - in order to apply various theories, illuminate historical andcontemporary struggles, and closely examine case studies within sports media and Americansociety.
Students will learn to think more critically about the historical andsymbiotic relationship between sports and media, as well as the larger role sports play inAmerican society.
They will understand how sports influence society’s perspectives
on issuessuch as race, gender,
sexuality, and class and how media shape athletes’ and fans’ experiences.
They will be able to demonstrate their learning through effective written and oralcommunication.
What this class is NOT:
This is not a space to share trivia or talk about the latest scores andtrades. Watching ESPN does not guarantee your success in this class. While most of us areprobably sports fans, we are here to discuss critical aspects of sports, media, and society. Savethe rivalries and trivia for the sports bar.
Course PacketWenner, L. (1998).
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onsuming Sport: Fans, Sport and Culture.
New York: Routledge.
Boyd, T. (2008).
Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip- Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture.
Toronto, Canada: Bison Books.Pennington, B. (2005).
The Heisman: Great American Stories of the Men Who Won
. New York:Harper Entertainment.
Essay #1: Media Experiences OR Self-Ethnography - 20%Essay #2: The Athlete - 25%Essay #3: Fandom - 25%Midterm: 15%Attendance, Participation, Office Hours - 15%