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COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

SPRING 2016
SOCIOLOGY OF SPORTS IN THE UNITED STATES
Wilfredo Cruz Ph.D.
M/W 9:00-10:20 & 10:30-11:50 AM
Course: 50-1514/01& 02
Office hours: MTWR 1:00-4:00 PM
E-mail: wcruz@colum.edu

Humanities, History, & Social Sciences
Location 624 S. Michigan Ave. 10 th fl.
HHSS telephone: (312) 369-7295
Office telephone: (312) 369-7533

REQUIRED TEXTS
Jay Coakley. Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. Eleventh Edition.
McGraw-Hill, 2015.
(Available at Columbia College bookstore, 624 S. Michigan Avenue 1 st floor)
D. Stanley Eitzen. Sport In Contemporary Society: An Anthology. Tenth Edition,
Oxford University Press, 2015.
(Available at Columbia College bookstore)
One novel of your choice from selected book list.
(Available at Columbia College Library, any public library, or most major book stores)
Class handouts
(Professor will bring these to class)
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Of many institutions that sociologists study, sports is arguably the least studied in
proportion to its societal impact. Yet many of us feel the influence and power of
sports in contemporary popular culture. This course is a critical examination of sports
in contemporary American popular culture.
COURSE RATIONALE
This course will assist students in understanding that sports are a microcosm of
American society. Sports has a powerful influence on our lives. This course will
provide students with a sociological perspective to help them better comprehend
how sports impacts our ideas of masculinity and femininity, class inequality, race and
ethnicity, work, fun, and sexual orientation. Students will learn how sports influences
the culture’s ideas of achievement, competition, individualism, aggression and
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class. Become an active member of class. Participation involves raising questions.violence. and doing the readings and assignments prior to class. films. attitudes and relations to members of other gender. 2) Students will learn how different theoretical perspectives within sociology are used to analyze sports in American culture. 6) By examining sports students will also examined their values. lecture. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 1) The writing. and working with peers. Participation involves attending class regularly. It involves engaging in discussion. 5) Students will become acquainted with the various research methods and approaches utilized by sociologists and social scientists in making conclusions and generalizations about human behavior within the institution of sports. education. and politics. racial and sexual orientation groups. Students will also learn how sports are connected to other important societal institutions like the media. small group discussion. examples. listening. and issues. It involved understanding the major themes in the readings or identifying sections where you need clarification. 3) Students will learn to examine amateur and professional sports in terms that go beyond performance statistics and competitive outcomes and deal with issues of power relations in society. class discussion. For example. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Class participation is encouraged. 2 . family. and a variety of assignments. reading and critical thinking skills of students will be enhanced. Various methods for presenting information and sociological analysis of sports in American society will be used in this course. ethnic. 4) Students will develop an awareness of how sports and sport participation impact the lives of individuals and groups in society. guest speakers.

The final cannot be made up. or an examination is being given. Academic dishonesty is understood as the appropriation and representation of another’s work as one’s own. However. You will still be charged tuition and fees. web browsing. social networking. In addition. Do not use laptops when a film is being shown. Students who consistently miss class inevitably do poorly in the course. However. and tweeting during class. final exam (25%). Appropriate citation prevents this form of dishonesty. the consequences to the student can be severe. Columbia prohibits all forms of academic dishonestly. Both exams consist mainly of multiplechoice. the falsification of academic documents. visit Student Financial Services website. or the falsification of works or references for use in class or other academic circumstances. 3 . When an unavoidable absence occurs. whether such appropriation includes all or part of the other’s work or whether it consists of all or part of what is represented as one’s work (plagiarism). a grade of NS (no-show) will be entered on your record for the course. For more information on nonattendance. please refrain from texting. it is the student’s responsibility to have the name and telephone number of a classmate with whom to consult about missed assignments. true/false. second paper (20%). first paper (20%). and brief essay questions. We will devote sufficient time in class to discuss and review the examinations. Shut off all cell phones during class. MANDATORY ATTENDANCE POLICY STATEMENT Failure to attend class in the first two weeks of the term will negatively impact financial aid. GRADING Grading will be comprised as follows: midterm exam (25%). class participation (10%). Rude behavior is unacceptable. If your professor reports you failed to attend and participate in class during add/drop period. When such dishonesty is discovered.ATTENDANCE Attendance is required. COURTESY Students may use laptop computers for note taking during class. The midterm exam can only be made up if special circumstances warrant it. academic dishonesty includes cheating in any form. EXAMINATIONS A midterm and final examination will be given. emailing. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Students at Columbia enjoy significant freedom of artistic expression and are encouraged to stretch their scholarly and artistic boundaries.

masculinity and sports. This page should tell me where the articles came from: include the name of authors. page numbers. Please use MLA style (Modern Language Association). nor one from the Eitzen anthology. positive aspects of sports. challenge or problem-area regarding the sociology of sports.PLAGIARISM/CHEATING Students who are caught plagiarizing or cheating on an assignment or examination will receive a failing grade on the assignment. The second article should come from a sociology journal. I do not want popular articles. or any other social science journal. FIRST PAPER Select an issue. PAPERS DUE Two typed. In your written paper you will compare and contrast the two articles. sections. how to improve sports. Any additional acts of academic dishonestly will result in a failing grade for the course and a visit with the Dean. athletes and rape. homophobia and sexism in sports. race and ethnicity problems. Also. Papers should be typed on white paper. double-spaced papers. which addresses the issue or problem. gay and lesbians in sports. 4 . and a citation page. For example. One article should come from a sociology journal. You cannot use an article we discussed in class. deviance among athletes. doping in sports. c) how the articles are similar or different. providing: a) a brief analysis of the authors’ viewpoints. violence in sports. They should include a cover page. e) your personal evaluation of the articles—did you like or dislike them and why. select articles not more than ten years old. You will then select two scholarly articles. some possible issues may be: how sports builds character. f) what did you learn? *(You must include a citation page in the back of your written paper. were they written well or poorly?. journals. date published. d) how the two articles relate to concepts and materials discussed in class. I do not accept papers that are faxed or e-mailed. Late papers will be deducted points. and number of pages). Papers must be turned in on the due date. will be due for this course. Please select two articles which substantially relate to each other. etc. coaches and sports. commercialization in sports. b) how the authors agree or disagree in analyzing the particular issue. 5-7 pages. (Feel free to select a topic that interests you). parents and sports. Leave all late papers only with the HHSS department’s main office and get a receipt. name of articles.

what the book is about. I will provide students with a list of possible books. March 26. content. media. h)anything else you would like to add. Include in your paper issues related to gender. religion. please see me first for approval. 2016 -Semester ends: Saturday. March 19. social class. Select one book for the list and review it carefully and critically. March 21. 2016 -Last day to withdraw from classes: Saturday. IMPORTANT DATES -Classes begin: Monday. January 25. g) provide your personal evaluation of the book—did you like it or dislike it and why. February 6. January 30. social relations. social organization. 2016 -Last day to drop classes: Saturday. sexuality. If there is a book not on the list that a student may want to review. and analysis. was it written well or poorly?. All papers will be graded on their sociological description. f) what did you learn from the book?. c) explain the book’s sociological insights and concepts. 2016 -Instructional Resources Fee: None INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY An incomplete grade can only be issued to an undergraduate student who meets specific criteria. e) is this book still relevant today?. ethnicity. In your paper you will write a) a brief analysis of the author’s main viewpoints. May 14. cultural ideology. sexual orientation.*We will be given a library instructional session at the Columbia College library to assist students in finding scholarly social science articles and journals. culture. 2016 -Spring Break: Monday. age. identity. community. and aggression. d) relate the book to concepts and theories discussed in class. race. 2016 -Last day to add classes: Saturday. violence. SECOND PAPER You will write a book review on a book containing sociological insights and significance about sports in the United States. 2016—Saturday. b) explain the tone and conclusions. Check the policies for incomplete grades on the College’s website. 5 . women. We will also devote class time for discussing the required written papers.

The Studio offers weekly skills workshops. Students seeking accommodations for a disability must register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. human behavior. the department. ethical issues. and assess. In addition. or the faculty member. -Reflect on and appreciate human endeavor across cultures and eras. -Write as both a communicative and expressive practice. group sessions. students will gain an understanding of human behavior. and Ethics credits needed to graduate from Columbia College. and linkage 6 . By taking this course you will complete three (3) of the required Culture. COUNSELING SERVICES—731 SOUTH PLYMOUTH COURT—SUITE 112 Services are designed to help students increase self-awareness and address mental health concerns with the goal of empowering students to manage challenging areas in their lives. and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. the course will assist you in achieving the following LAS Core Objectives: -Read for both comprehension and pleasure. Counseling Services are provided free of charge. The most utilized services include individual sessions. historically and comparatively. An accommodation letter will be provided to the student each semester. THE LEARNING STUDIO—618 SOUTH MICHIGAN The Learning Studio is an excellent resource for academic success for all students and all levels. and social institutions. All counseling staff follows professional standards of confidentiality. and the diversity of functions of social institutions. Values. tutorial assistance. reading skills improvement training. individual writing assistance.LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (LAS) CORE CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES: This course bears Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) credit for Social Science. Students should present the accommodation letter to each instructor at the beginning of the semester so that accommodations can be arranged by the College. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Columbia College Chicago seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. evaluate. By taking Social Science courses. Information discussed within a counseling relationship will not be disclosed without written permission of the individual. -Conduct research and as part of that process. Students are encouraged to go to the Learning Studio and work with tutors. learn to measure. the relationship of behavior to social issues. -Consider and examine.

3 Eitzen. College advisors guide students in creating and implementing an educational and professional plan as they progress from orientation toward graduation. 3 Theories for Studying Sports Coakley. Ch. You will be notified of all changes. 2016 and close on Sunday. 25 Intro.1 Why Study Sport? Coakley. STUDENT COURSE EVALUATIONS Student course evaluations open on Monday. May 8. Students at Columbia are expected to meet with their college advisor at lease once a semester during their first year. 8 Film-The First Olympics None Feb. 9 Feb. 1 Eitzen. Ch. Ch. 27/Feb. 10 Socialization & Sports Coakley. Ch. A Columbia College student in a relationship with another Columbia College student can receive couple’s sessions. All currently enrolled students are eligible to receive 12 individual sessions per academic year. 15 Film-Not Just a Game None 7 . 2 Feb. As students take responsibility for their academic and career goals. 2016. 2 Eitzen. Ch. they should meet with their college advisor on a regular basis. DISCLAIMER STATEMENT This syllabus may be amended as the course proceeds. COURSE CALENDAR AND READINGS WEEKS TOPICS READINGS Jan. 1 Feb. Ch. to course None Jan. April 18.to community services. Group sessions are unlimited. COLLEGE ADVISING—623 SOUTH WABASH—SUITE 300 The College Advising Center assists undergraduate students with all transitional issues as they navigate their entire college experience.

March 21—Saturday.7 8 . 4 Eitzen. Ch. 22 Film (Kid Sports & Soc. Ch. Of Sports in US) None Feb.Feb.S. Ch. Ch. Ch. Ch. Ch. 12 Feb.10 April 11 Film-Muhammad Ali First Paper Due None April 13 Race & Ethnicity Coakley. Football) None March 2/7 Violence in Sports Coakley. 6 March 9 Midterm Examination March 14 Library Instruction None March 16 Gender and Sports Coakley. 29 Film (H. March 26. 7 Eitzen. Ch. 8 Coakley. 16 “Dark Side of Competition” Feb. Ch. 24 Small Group Discussion Eitzen. Ch. 27 Spring Break: Monday. 2016 March 28 Film-Female Athletes & Media None March 30 Gender and Sports April 4 Guest Speaker (Females and Sports) April 6 Race/Ethnicity & Sports Coakley. 8 Eitzen. 17 Sports and Children Coakley.

16 9 . 20 May 2 Film (Broke) (2nd Paper Due) May 4 Sports in the Future May 9 (Film-Penn State Scandal) May 11 Final Examination Coakley. 22 April 20 Film-Homophobia & Sports None April 25 Small Group Discussion Eitzen. Ch. Ch. 14 Eitzen.April 18 Social Class and Sports Coakley. 31 “Homophobia” April 27 H. Ch.S. Ch. & College Sports Coakley. Ch. Ch. 9 Eitzen.