About this Course
4.8
298 ratings
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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....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Getting Started! Games, Play, and Sports

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Reading
7 videos (Total 59 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Understanding Play and Sports, Part 28m
Why Do We Like to Play? Part 15m
Why Do We Like to Play? Part 28m
The Origins of Modern Sports, Part 110m
The Origins of Modern Sports, Part 28m
Capoeira11m
Reading7 readings
The Course Basics (note: all essential class information here!!!)10m
Links to Course Readings10m
List of Key Terms10m
Grading Policy10m
About the Instructor10m
The Sports and Society Book Club (optional)10m
The Sports and Society Movie Club (optional)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Globalization, Nationalism, and the Politics of Sports

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Reading
7 videos (Total 66 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Nationalism and Sports, Part 19m
Nationalism and Sports, Part 29m
Athletes and Social Activism, Part 15m
Athletes and Social Activism, Part 29m
American Football, Part 19m
American Football, Part 29m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Race, Cultural Identity, and the Sports World

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Reading
9 videos (Total 86 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Race and American Sports, Part 28m
The Native American Mascot Controversy11m
The Social Demographics of Sports, Part 112m
The Social Demographics of Sports, Part 27m
Zidane and Bruce Lee, Part 16m
Zidane and Bruce Lee, Part 29m
Golf, Part 18m
Golf, Part 210m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

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

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Reading
9 videos (Total 94 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
A Short History of Women’s Sports, Part 211m
Women’s Sports Today, Part 19m
Women’s Sports Today, Part 211m
The Long Sporting Life of Homophobia, Part 110m
The Long Sporting Life of Homophobia, Part 29m
The Transgender Athlete10m
The Fitness Revolution, Part 110m
The Fitness Revolution, Part 213m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By MMNov 12th 2016

I loved this particular course. The topics are relevant. Each topic is supported by historical facts and examples and how is it relevant in the present time. It was a great learning experience!!!

By RKJan 14th 2017

This course tells us about how social customs and traditions have contributed to the evolution of sports and how sports has vice versa reflected the changes in social order of any age.

Instructor

Orin Starn

Professor
Cultural Anthropology

About Duke University

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  • No. Completion of a Coursera course does not earn you academic credit from Duke; therefore, Duke is not able to provide you with a university transcript. However, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile.

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