SO309 Sociology of Sport

for S1T 2011

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SO 309: Sociology of Sport


S1T 2011 DL


Porteen, Shana


Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
M.S. Oklahoma State University

Office Location


Daytime Phone

309-333-8220: Leave message and number and I will return your call.


Semester Dates

Jan 10- Mar 6

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Coakley, J. 2009. Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies 10th Ed. McGraw-Hill.

Adler and Adler. 1991. Backboards and Blackboards: College athletes and role engulfment. Columbia University Press.

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Course Description:
SO309: Sociology of Sport
Explores the dynamic relationship between sport, culture and society. Analyzes issues in sport utilizing sociological theory. Topics covered in the course include socialization, deviance, race, class, gender, identity, and the social and cultural contexts in which sport is created, given meaning, played and integrated into everyday life.

Educational Philosophy:
It is my primary goal for students be able to develop important critical thinking skills and knowledge utilization.  I am committed to exposing students to various systems of thinking and knowledge acquisition.  In doing this, I strive to make the process and the information accessible.  I strongly believe exposure to unfamiliar processes and information must be done in a manner that is both engaging and understandable for the students.  Upon the accumulation of new material, I want students to not only feel empowered to utilize their new found knowledge but also confident that they can apply their critical thinking skills beyond this class experience. 

Class Assessment:

Exams: Exams will be given for a midterm and final. The midterm will be given at the end of week four and is open book. The final will be administered at the end of the semester and is closed book but you may have hand-written notes.

Class Participation: There are two participation opportunities that are graded. First, you will be expected to participate in a thoughtful manner in online discussions with your classmates. There will be discussion threads for each week that you will have to conduct online conversations facilitated by questions posted for each chapter. Second, there is a weekly activity that corresponds with the material covered in each chapter.

Final Paper: You should read the book "Backboards and Blackboards" as we progress through the term. It is a very engaging book and I think you will enjoy reading it whether you've had experience playing sports or are a fan of sports. Your paper will be an integrated sociological analysis of "Backboards and Blackboards" and concepts from the textbook.  You have three (3) options to do the paper:

Option 1:  You may do an integrated analysis of  the book "Backboards and Blackboards" and at least 3 chapters from your text (eg. Race, class, and media ).

Option 2:  You may do an integrated analysis of "Backboards and Blackboards" and the documentary "Hoop Dreams" utilizing at least 2 chapters from the text (eg. Race and class) .

Option 3:  You may come up with your own topic regarding sports (with approval from me) and utilize "Backboards and Blackboards" and at least 2 chapters from the text in your analysis (see above for chapter examples).

I expect the paper to be about 7-10 pages in length.  Greater detail regarding the formatting requirements will be posted on the course shell.



            Exams: Two @ 120 pts.                                                                                     240

           Exam questions are from text                                                   

            Final Paper: Integrated sociological analysis of "Blackboards and Backboards"               140                                                                                          

Class Participation: Discussion questions                                                               160

                              Weekly activity                                                                        35


            Total                                                                                                                  575

Your Grade at any point: Points earned / points possible

A= 100-90 %

                        B= 89-80 %

                        C= 79-70 %

                        D= 69-60 %

                        F= 59-0 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late work will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Civility: Some sociological theories do challenge common conceptions and beliefs on subjects. Classroom discussions are a vital part of the learning process. This class needs to be a participatory community of students engaging these theories if students are to fulfill their potential for learning. Some forms of argument are improper for a University classroom. Belligerent posts to other students or the instructor, abusive language, or attempting to silence an opposing view through verbal intimidation will not be tolerated or counted as a substantive post.  In order to achieve our educational goals and to encourage the expression, testing, understanding and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions, respect will be shown to everyone.

Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious violation of University conduct regulations. Students who engage in dishonesty in any form shall be charged with academic dishonesty. Please see your student handbook for a definition of all types of academic dishonesty. If you are found to have violated the academic integrity policy of this university, you will be given a failing grade for the class. For clarification of the specific policies, students should familiarize themselves with the undergraduate catalog section on academic honesty and plagiarism.

Correspondence: The best way to contact me is via email. I will check my email several times throughout the day. In the subject line of your email, put your name, the course number, and then a brief subject tag. When submitting files for assessment you are required to send them in a Word document format (doc.), rich text format (rtf.), or a Portable Document File (pdf.).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1- Chapters 1” The Sociology of Sport” &2 “Producing Knowledge about Sports in Society”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

       **The above due dates will be observed for the entire term**

Week 2- Chapter 4 “Sports and Socialization”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Week 3- Chapter 6 “Deviance in Sports” & 7 “Violence in Sports”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Week 4- Chapter 8 “Gender in Sports”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Midterm must be taken by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Week 5-Chapter 9 “Race and Ethnicity”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Week 6- Chapter 10 “Social Class”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Proctor requests for final examination must be completed by Friday

Week 7-Chapter 11 “Sports and the Economy” & 12 “Sports and the Media”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Core assessment due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Week 8- Chapter 14 “Sports in High School and College”

1st post due by Thursday at Midnight (CST)

Remaining posts due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Final exam must be taken by Sunday at Midnight (CST)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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