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Sports and Society

Duke University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Sports
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new perspectives on the games we watch and play. It's the new and improved version of Professor Orin Starn's original "Sports and Society" for Coursera, which drew more than 40,000 students. We will focus on both popular sports like soccer (or “football,” as anyone outside America calls it), basketball, and baseball, and also lesser-known ones like mountain-climbing and fishing. You will never watch or think about sports in the same way again.

Syllabus

Getting Started! Games, Play, and Sports


Globalization, Nationalism, and the Politics of Sports


Race, Cultural Identity, and the Sports World


Gender, Sexuality, and the Rise of Women's Sports


Why Do We Care So Much about Sports?


The Megabusiness of Sports


Outdoor Sports, Extreme Sports, and the Search for Adventure


Taught by

Orin Starn

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4.5 Based on 6 reviews

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Rishad H
5.0 4 years ago
Rishad completed this course.
Brilliant course, Professor Starn explains everything in a fun and interesting way, gives relevant readings if you want to learn more and makes you think of sports in a new and influential manner. It was great going through historic moments such as the world war and black rights movement through the eyes of sports. There's also a shirt of the week, a new sport introduced & prizes every week and hangouts with famous guests. Highly recommended if you're interested.
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Rafael S
5.0 5 years ago
Rafael completed this course.
Fantastic course with lots of information. the lectures are very easy on the eyes and ears. Not long and filled with video clips. Thank you
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Dawn G
5.0 2 years ago
Dawn completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Well formatted and good content. Wish there were similarly structured anthropology classes offered. Offers a good look into the fan base.
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Maria G
2.0 3 years ago
Maria dropped this course.
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Ais L
5.0 3 years ago
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Laurie L
5.0 4 years ago
Laurie audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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