SOC 321K • Race, Sport and Identity - W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course explores the sociological significance of sport in relation to the construction of racialized identities. Focussing primarily, although not exclusively, on the black experience in sport, the course examines the changing social meanings given to sport throughout the 20th century. The African-American experience is used as a paradigmatic case study through which to locate the ways in which the expression of identity in sport has been used as a form of cultural resistance to racism. The course examines sport and colonialism, sport and racism during the Jim Crow era, the politics of sport and race in the 1960s and 1970s, race and collegiate athletics and sport, multiculturalism and nationalism. This course will enable students to understand the ways in which the public meanings given to sport have played a role in sustaining racial discourse, the importance of sport within the black diaspora, and how racism continues to structure the field of play. The course requires substantial reading and regular seminar contributions.
Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.
3 separate writing assignments which will include a book review and a critical essay. Attendance will also be used to determine your final grade.