SOC 321. Sociology of Sport

Sports as a social institution and cultural phenomenon. Anaysis through social justice lens of processes, patterns, issues, and values. Role in [re] production and transformation of culture and society. [Letter grade.]

This course introduces you to a variety of topics in the sociology of sports, drawing on a wide range of methodological, historical and theoretical perspectives.  It approaches the study of sport as both a social institution and cultural phenomenon, critically examining the processes, patterns, issues, values, and behaviors found in the institution of sport.  The course also explores sport as a vehicle for social change and justice, and the role it plays in producing, reproducing, and transforming culture and society.


Delaney, Tim and Tim Madigan. 2009. The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction. McFarland.

Zirin, Dave. 2009. A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play. New Press.

Luther, Jessica. 2016. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.

Boycoff, Jules. 2016.  Power Games.  A political history of the Olympics.

Kuhn, Gabriel. 2011. Soccer vs The State: Tacking Football and Radical Politics. PM Press.