SO 309: Sociology of Sport
U1T 2011 DL
Ph.D. University of Missouri-ColumbiaM.S. Oklahoma State University
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June 6-July 31
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
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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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.
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:
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
are from text
Final Paper: Integrated sociological analysis of "Blackboards and Backboards" 140
Class Participation: Discussion questions 160
Weekly activity 35
Your Grade at any point: Points earned / points possible
A= 100-90 %
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.
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.).
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”
Remaining posts and activity due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)
Week 3- Chapter 6 “Deviance in
Sports” & 7 “Violence in Sports”
Week 4- Chapter 8 “Gender in
Midterm must be taken by Sunday at Midnight (CST)
Week 5-Chapter 9 “Race and
Week 6- Chapter 10 “Social Class”
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”
Core assessment due by Sunday at Midnight (CST)
Week 8- Chapter 14 “Sports in High
School and College”
Final exam must be taken by Sunday at Midnight (CST)
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Plagiarism: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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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