PHED 2220

Credit Hours


Course Title

Sociology Of Sport


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Catalog Description

This course introduces students to the field of sport sociology. It examines the key concepts, methods, and theoretical approaches that define this sub-discipline. The course examines institutionalized sport from a sociological perspective and identifies the processes by which people are socialized into sport and sport roles, and the social processes by which sport functions as a vehicle for socialization. It analyzes in depth some of the controversies surrounding sport.



Sports in Society by Jay Coakley, McGraw Hill publisher (newest edition)


Expected Educational Results

PHED 2200 provides the individual student with an overview of sociological concepts. The student will use these concepts to:

1. Learn different approaches to the study of sport;
2. Learn to conduct and interpret research about sport;
3. Understand how sport interacts with other social forces, both locally and globally;
4. Acquire the ability to evaluate public policies and ethical issues about sport;
5. Learn to use library and computer resources to enhance the studentís knowledge of sport; and
6. Develop written, oral, and communication skills.

General Education Outcomes

I.†† Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
i. Develop speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and oral presentations;
ii. Develop listening skills through note taking in class, responding to oral and technical presentations, and

†††† from peer group activities in class;
iii. Develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials and the evaluation of secondary

†††† sources; and
iv. Develop writing skills by planning and revising short reports and essays.

II.Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
i. Analysis of case studies regarding sport and societal values;
ii. Learn sociological concepts of sport; and
iii. Analyze the relationship between sport, gender, class and ethnicity.

Course Content

Upon completion of this course students will achieve a critical understanding of the following questions:

Why are certain physical activities identified and designated as sports?
How do sports and sport participation affect our lives?
How do sports impact our ideas about masculinity, femininity, class inequality, race and ethnicity, work, fun,

†† achievement, competition, individualism, aggression and violence?
How are the organization and meaning of sports connected with social relations in groups, communities, and

†† societies?
How are sports connected with important spheres of social life in societies, e.g., family, education, politics,

†† economics, media, & religion?