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Jay Coakley, Columbine Hall 4013; 262-4143 (970-416-1325); firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Thursday 1-4:30 pm; Friday 8-9:15 am; by appointment
This course focuses on sports as social and cultural phenomena. We use sociological concepts and critical thinking to investigate such issues as:
The objectives of the course are the following:
We use a combination of discussions and films to accomplish objectives. Students are expected to complete discussion worksheets prior to class and then participate in class discussions. Two essay exams will be given; essay questions will be provided at least 3 weeks prior to the tests.
Coakley, Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies (2001, 7th ed.)
1/24: Course Introduction -- Seeing sports as social phenomena
Film and Discussion: The Ultimate Athlete; http://web.uccs.edu/jcoakley/soc_330.htm
"Sportographies" of class members
1/31: Viewing sports from a sociological perspective (Readings: SIS, Chapters 1 and 2)
2/7: Using sociology to understand sports in different times and different
Readings: SIS, Ch. 3
Film: Sex and Sport
2/14: Sports: Who plays and what happens when people play sports?
Readings: SIS, Chapters 4 and 5
Film: Playing to Extremes
2/21: Deviance and violence in sports ? are they out of control?
Readings: SIS, Chapters 6 and 7
2/28: Gender and gender relations in sports
Readings: SIS, Ch. 8
Film: Out for a Change
3/7: Catch-up and test review
3/14: Test I (Essays)
3/21: Race and ethnicity in sports
Readings: SIS, Ch. 9
Film: In Whose Honor?
3/28: Spring Break
4/4: Power and social class in sports
Readings: SIS, Ch. 10
Film: On the ropes
4/11: Sports, commercialization, and the media
Readings: SIS, Chapters 11 &12
Film: The WWF and Vince McMahon
4/18: Do varsity sports contribute to education?
Readings: SIS, Ch. 14
Film: Do jocks rule the school?
4/25: Politics and Religion ? current controversies in sports
Readings: SIS, Chs. 13 &15
Film: Sport and Religion
5/2: Sports in the future
Readings: SIS, Ch. 16
5/9: Catch-up and test review
5/16: Test II (Essays)
Note: Test II will be returned directly to you if you give me a business size self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS:
30 points: These points are earned through attendance & class participation/worksheets and other short written assignments that will be turned in with the worksheets. After the first week there are 10 classes, two review classes, and two test dates. Attendance and participation in each of the ten class sessions is worth 3 points. If you must miss a class session you may earn back the 3 points by completing the worksheet for that class and by doing 2-page summary and critique of an article in a journal or a topic related chapter in one of the 2 books on reserve in the library. Journal articles may be found in the Sociology of Sport Journal or International Review for the Sociology of Sport or any other sociology journal. The books on reserve are:
J. and Donnelly. P. (eds.), 1999. Inside
sports. London: Routledge.
Yiannakis, A. et al. (eds.), 199x. Sport Sociology: Contemporary Themes. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt
Use the following format for your summary and critique:
Name(s) of author(s). Year of publication. Article title. Source (either the book title or journal name+vol.+issue, and page numbers.
Example #1: Cole, C.L. 1996. American Jordan, P.L.A.Y., Consensus, and Punishment. Sociology of Sport Journal 13 (4), 366-397.
Example #2: Grey, M. A., 1999. Playing sports and social acceptance: The experiences of immigrant and refugee students in Garden City, Kansas. Pp. 28-36 in Coakley, J., and Donnelly, P. (eds.), Inside sports. London: Routledge.
Suggestions for body of the write-up:
Describe the major focus or purpose of the article, the issues or topics discussed, the theoretical perspective used (if it can be identified), the argument or hypotheses, the methodology, the data or information used in the article, the conclusions, the importance of the article (what does it tell us about sports, society, culture, behavior, relationships, etc.?), your personal response to the article, why you chose it.
A = 93 ? 100 points
A- = 90 ? 92.9 points
B+ = 88 ? 89.9 points
B = 83 ? 87.9 points
B- = 80 ? 82.9 points
C+ = 78 ? 79.9 points
C = 73 ? 77.9 points
C- = 70 ? 72.9 points
D = 60 ? 69.9 points
F = <60
Note: All course materials will be posted at http://web.uccs.edu/jcoakley/soc_330.htm. If you click on the Sport in Society link you will see the Online Learning Center for the text. There are self tests for each chapter and many other materials at the site; there also are links to over 100 sport-related sites that you may find interesting. You will find chapter outlines and other study aids by going to the site and exploring these links. You may go directly to the Online Learning Center through www.mhhe.com/hper/physed/coakley_sport . To gain access to the Instructor site use sportins as the name and coakley as the password.
REVISED VERSION (2/28)
SOC 330: TEST I, ESSAY QUESTIONS
Listed below are the essay questions for Test I on Thursday, 3/14. You will be asked to answer two of the following 7 questions. You do not know which 2, so be ready to answer each question.
Essays should be about 1.5-2 pages in length. In your essays you are to use the book, films, and other class materials as starting points. But then go beyond that material by including your thoughts in the form of analysis, critique, examples, extension, modification, qualification, etc. Use research evidence where appropriate. Grades will be based on my assessment of your grasp of the course material and the extent to which you have thought about and learned from that material. Essays must have a beginning, middle, & end (conclusion/summary).
You may bring to the test a "crib sheet" on 1/2 of an 8.5 x 11 page. On the crib sheet you may put anything that will help you write your essays in an organized, to-the-point manner.
(Draft--may change) SOC 330: TEST II, ESSAY QUESTIONS (Spring, 2002)
Listed below are the essay questions for Test II on Thursday, May 16. You will be asked to answer two of the following 7 questions. You do not know which 2, so be ready to answer each question.
Essays should be about 2 pages in length. In your essays you are to use the book, films, and other class materials as starting points. But then go beyond that material by including your own thoughts in the form of analysis, critique, synthesis, examples, extension, modification, qualification, etc. Use research evidence where appropriate. Grades will be based on my assessment of your grasp of the course material and the extent to which you have thought about and learned from that material. Essays must have a beginning, middle, and end (conclusion/summary).
You may bring a ½-page "crib sheet" to the test. On the crib sheet you may put anything that will help you write your essays in an organized, to-the-point manner.