SOC 321. Sociology of Sport

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

This course examines and engages critically with core theories and research within the sociology of sport. It explores the role sport plays as a vehicle for social change and justice, and in producing, reproducing, and transforming culture and society. Note that this course is an upper division course in sociology that requires familiarity with the main theoretical traditions and concepts used in the discipline.


Giulianotti, R. 2016. Sport: A Critical Sociology.

Hunt, J. 2018. University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Education.

Zirin, D. 2013 Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.