SOCIOLOGY 647: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
|PROFESSOR: Jane Piliavin
||OFFICE HOURS: MTWR: 11:45 - 2:45 and by appointment.
| Office: 2444 Social Science
|Phone: 262-4344 Messages: 262-2921
CLASS MEETS: 9:20-11:30; 6112 Wm. H. Sewell Social Science Building Five weeks, 18 classes, May 28-June 26. Detailed schedule: May 28 - May 30. TWR; June 3- June 20, MTWR; June 24-June 26, MTW. .
REQUIRED TEXTS: (available at University Bookstore)
- D. Stanley Eitzen and George H. Sage, Sociology of North American
Sport, 8th edition, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2009
- D. Stanley Eitzen, Ed., Sport in Contemporary Society: An Anthology,
8th edition, New York: Worth Publishers, 2009
There will be a few additional readings on electronic reserve or the
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:
100% attendance is required during the times class is meeting. There
are only 18 meetings of the class, so missing one class is almost like
missing a week in a normal semester of 14 weeks.
There will be no examinations in this class. The requirements are as
- Class attendance and participation, including evaluations of panel
presentations and final student lectures, if any 10% of grade
- Book or movie review of 3 pages, due Tuesday of week 2 -- 15%
- Panel presentation in week 3 or 4, and 4 page position paper based
on it due Thursday of week 4 25% of grade
- Take-home quizzes on readings 15% of grade. Weeks one
through four. Current week's quiz.
- Research paper 6 - 8 pages (or lecture of 30-40 minutes)
asking and trying to answer a sociological question related to sport.
Due July 2, the Monday after the last week
class 35% of grade.
All of the papers will be submitted in electronic form to the website http://www.turnitin.com,
where they can be checked for plagiarism. This is to protect both students
and professor from unnecessary unpleasantness. Please see this document from the writing lab to refresh your memory about proper citation.
BOOK OR MOVIE REVIEW:
During the first week of class, you will select a novel, autobiography,
or film (fictional
or documentary) available on video or DVD or currently in theaters. A list will be provided, but you can suggest one not on the list. You
a 3 page
review, consisting of one page in which you describe the contents of
book or film, followed by 2 pages in which you critique it and point
out and discuss sociological issues raised in it. This is due Tuesday,
June 4. Click here for Sports Illustrated's
50 best films. See instructions.
PANEL POSITION PAPER:
Each person will be required to participate
in a panel discussion and to prepare a short (4 page) paper dealing
with one of six panel topics. You will be asked in the first week of
class to rank order eight topics in terms of your interest in them and
your preferred side (pro or con). I will do magic with these ratings
let you know by the Friday of that week which panel topics we will use
and which one you are assigned to. Panels will take place in weeks 3
of when you do your presentation, the paper is due on Thursday, June 20.
Click here for panel list.
Take-home quizzes covering the readings assigned for the current and
following week will be given out each Thursday in weeks one through four.
in on first class day of the next week (2-5). Some questions may ask you to
compare something covered in one week's readings with something dealt
They will be mainly short answer and short essay, with some True-False
or multiple-guess. There will be no trick questions, and all answers
be found in the readings. The purpose for this homework is -- in the
absence of exams -- to assure that class members have done the reading,
us to have intelligent discussions of their content.
FINAL PAPER OR PRESENTATION:
This project may be an outgrowth of sociological issues raised in your
book or film review, but could be on some other sociological topic.
will meet with me in week two regarding your ideas before embarking on
your project; there are three options for meeting this requirement:
You can do an observation of some sport, either as a participant,
a coach, or a spectator. This involves taking "field notes",
drawing conclusions from those notes, developing hypotheses, and,
when possible, testing them with later observations. This project
will also involve doing qualitative interviews with participants.
You will turn in a thesis statement and a brief description of your
proposed data collection methodology on Tuesday of week 3. Field
notes will be
turned in once a week in weeks 3 and 4. The project will also involve
some library research dealing with the ideas you develop in the
of your observations. The final product is a 6-8 page paper.
- You can write a 6-8 page library research paper on your topic. You
will need to turn in a thesis statement and a list of book and journal
references in week three, and an outline and an expanded reference list
in week four. You may also use internet sources, interviews with relevant
individuals, or other information.
- You can prepare a 30-40 minute lecture to be given in week 5. This
lecture should involve some use of media as visual aids. As with option
two, I will want a thesis statement and a list of references in week
three, and an outline and an expanded reference list in week four.
The lecture cannot rely on materials assigned for the course. The
final product is your lecture, but also a "script" (or a
with copies of your visual materials or the
powerpoint slides, if you use that technique, as well as your reference
Graduate students (and honors students) are urged to take advantage
of the opportunity to present a lecture; however they are free to choose
any of the projects. A longer, more "professional" paper or
lecture will be expected. If not very many people choose to do lectures,
we will use the last two days of week five for brief presentations of
the findings of your observational
or library research papers. Papers are due on Monday, July 1, but will
be accepted earlier.
The three papers are to be turned in by uploading to Turnitin.com. The course number is 6482067, and the password is sweetadeline. The quizzes should be turned in either by email or physically. Please type them.
The outline of topics, readings, videos, and guest speakers below is
tentative. More interesting issues may come up, leading us to change the
order of topics, omit some, or add others. I like to keep an open mind.
TOPICS OF THE COURSE AND READINGS:
E&S = Eitzen & Sage, text
E = Eitzen, book of readings
||Subjects and Videos
May 28, Tuesday
What is "sport?" (as compared to play, recreation, etc.)
Play in other species: early origins of sport?
- George Carlin, "What is sport?" (HBO)
What is sports[man]ship?
- Unsportsmanlike conduct (CBS, 1995)
No readings, of course.
Readings are due on the date on which they are indicated. For
example, you should read E&S, Chapters 1 and 2 for May 29--
that is, ON May 28, today).
|May 29, Wednesday
Why study sport? What is the Sociology
The history of sport
- VIDEOS: History of tennis (early days)
- History of women in sport (1999)
- E&S: Chapter 1
- E&S, Chapter 2
May 30, Thursday
Sport and societal values.
- George Carlin, "Baseball vs. football"
- American game, Japanese rules (1988)
- Kids in sports (HBO, 1987) Segment 1
- Overscheduled kids
- Violent parents
- E&S: Chapter 3
- E: pp. 5 - 32, 109-11 (Zirin, Eitzen, Coakley, Branch)
- E&S: Chapter 4
- E: 35-49,139-145, 268-275 (Coakley, Williams & Feldman, Ryan, Farrey)
***Book or movie review is due Tuesday,June 4***
Week 2: June 3, Monday
High school sports
Gender in sport, I: Sport socialization for boys and girls
- Recruiting in grade school gyms (1993)
- Friday night lights
- High school girl plays football
- E&S Chapter 5
- E: 146-152 (Bresnahan)
- E: 126-135, ( Eitzen & Zinn)
June 4, Tuesday
Gender in sports, II:
College sports and beyond
* Terry Gawlik, Senior Associate Athletic Director, UW Athletics, on Title IX
- Gender equity in sports (1993)
- Equal access for all (1990)
|June 5, Wednesday
Winning and losing: The humanistic critique of sport
- Columbia University 33-game losing streak/
breaking the streak (1991)
- Brave in the attempt (1985)/ Special Olympics ice skaters (1998)
- E&S Chapter 15, pp. 367-372
- E, pp. 161-170 (Eitzen)
|June 6, Thursday
Role of the media in sport
*Brian Lucas, Director of Athletic Communications, UW Athletic Department
- E: 69-84 Messner, Dunbar, & Hunt)
June 10, Monday
The economics of sport: college and beyond
*Marija Pientka, Associate Athletic Director for Development, UW Athletic Department
- E&S: Chapter 10
- E: pp. 255-267, 276-281 (Eitzen, Evanoff,Torre)
The student-athlete and big-time college sports.
Athletic role identity
Injury and retirement
- UNLV Basketball (1991)
- Real Sports (HBO, 1998) Arizona State
- Knight Commission
- E&S: Chapter 6
- E: pp. 229-253 (Gerdy, Mandel, Eitzen)
- Adler & Adler
Character, attitudes, personality, & sport
- Character and sport (ABC, 1988)
Sports and positive and negative deviance
VIDEOS: (negative deviance)
- E&S, Chapter 7
- E, pp. 184-194; 197-227 (Lapchick, Yesalis & Bahrke, Barry, Lipsyte)
Sports and aggression; male bonding
- Sports and violence (CBS, 1994)
- Hockey enforcers
- E, pp. 171-183 (Crosset, Benedict, & McDonald)
*** Panel papers are due Thursday, June 20 ***
|Week 4: June 17, Monday
Sports and social stratification.
Social mobility. Is sport a way up and out?
- George Carlin "Golf" (1993)
- History of NASCAR
- Jeff Gordon (1998) (changing racing's image)
Gender and race differences in power, position, and earnings
June 18, Tuesday
Racial discrimination and stereotyping in sports; "stacking"
Sports, religion, and magic
- Glory of their times (1990) (excerpt on Charlie Faust)
- Mt. Zion Academy (HBO, 1998)
- E: pp. 112-125; 292-305 (Lederman, Davis-Delano, Lapchick)
June 19, Wednesday
Sports and politics; focus on the Olympics;
other international issues
The Nazi Olympics
* Jeff Sauer, former Head Coach, Men's Hockey, on international
issues in sport
- East German sports (1988)
- 1980 US Hockey win
June 20, Thursday
1. Homosexuality and sport
- Lesbians and the LPGA (Real sports, 2000)
- Esera Tuaolo, former gay NFL football player (2002) and footnote
2. Identity and the sports fan
- E:341-370 (Griffin,Cotton, Ireland)
June 24, Monday
Long term impact of head injuries.
- Head injuries (Real Sports, 2010)
Trends and the future of sport
- Chapter 15, pp. 346-366; 372-373
June 25, 26
Class member lectures or brief paper presentations
on your final papers.
** Final papers are due Monday, July 1 but will be accepted earlier**
Possible panel topics for weeks 3 and 4:
- Because of the danger to young athletes, metal bats should be phased out of youth baseball, beginning with little league and working up to the college level.
- Schools and colleges should give as much emphasis and financial support
to sports for girls and women as for boys and men even if,
because of budgetary constraints, this makes it necessary to cut
back on the
boys' and men's programs.
- Big time college sports is a commercial entertainment enterprise and
has no legitimate place on a college campus.
- Because of the intrusion of politics and personal favoritism in judging
such events as gymnastics, figure skating, and diving, the Olympic games
should consist only of sports whose outcomes can be decided objectively,
by times, distances, goals, and points.
- College players in the revenue sports at Division 1-A schools are
essentially professionals, like minor league baseball players, and should
- At public universities, organized team prayer before and after games
violates the separation of church and state and should not be allowed,
although private prayer and devotionals are permissible.
- "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing": Vince Lombardi.
- Organized youth sports programs like Little League Baseball or youth
soccer represent an unwise intrusion of adults into the play activities
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