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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 441 (US) (AM ST 441) History of Sport in American Society (3) Background, establishment, and growth of sport in America from colonial times to the present.

KINES (AM ST) 441 History of Sport in American Society (3)

Study of the background, establishment, and growth of sport in America from colonial times to the present, and the role of American sports in American culture and society. The course will examine the ways that sports have operated in the United States as the country has developed into a modern, mass society. Issues of national identity, commercialism, race, ethnicity, class, and gender will be discussed in relation to the popularity of sports. Another set of issues will center on language and media; students will employ methods of analysis such as ethnography and rhetorical criticism that emphasize the multiple layers of meaning inherent in sports culture. The course satisfies the "area" requirement in "society" for American Studies majors. It is offered once every two years and enrolls approximately 30 students.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: KINES 141 or 3 credits of United States history

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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