Sports and Society

Sports and Society

Credential
Department

Cultural Anthropology

Beginner

English

7 weeks

Variable

Overview

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. Learners 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.

Media & Publications

Instructors

Orin Starn
Orin Starn

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

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