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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Summer 2007

ANS s301M • Sport and Culture in Asia and the US

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83080 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
PAR 1
Traphagan

Course Description

Sport has become a major feature of life in the industrial world, as well as in many parts of the developing world. People attend games, follow their teams in newspapers and on television, bet on their teams in office pools or through betting agencies, and talk about sports constantly. While people may be well-versed in the details of their sport or team, they often give little thought to questions such as: What constitutes a sport? How are sports connected to other institutions in society? How does sport differ across cultures? Does sport contribute to the reproduction of gender roles in society? Questions such as these will be at the center of our exploration of sport in Asia and the United States throughout this course. We will focus on analyzing sports such as baseball, soccer, professional wrestling, sumo, and ping pong to consider the role of sport in Asian societies and to compare that with attitudes about sport in American society.

Grading Policy

Two thought exercises (15 and 20 points) Mid-term take home exam (115 points) Final exam (120 points) Group presentation (80 points)

Texts

Football Goes East. MANZENREITERM, ISBN:041531898X Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream. BISSINGER, ISBN:0306809907 Samurai Way of Baseball. WHITING, ISBN:0446694037 Taking in a Game. REAVES ISBN:0803290012 Training the Body for China. BROWNELL, ISBN:0226076474

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