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ERIC Number: ED544273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Teaching Undergraduate Sport Sociology. Guidance Document
Coakley, Jay; Riemer, Brenda; Sailes, Gary; Harrison, Louis; Pittman, Beverly
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Sport sociology is a subdiscipline of sociology that, since the late 1960s, has produced knowledge about sports as social phenomena in a wide range of societies. It may be included as a major specialization area in graduate programs in kinesiology, sports studies and physical education departments, and is widely offered as a single undergraduate course for students with varied interests and majors. In the latter case, prerequisites for taking the course seldom exist, and departments may list it as suited for lower- or upper-division students. The instructor's task often is to assist students as they ask questions about many aspects of sports that they and others have long taken for granted. In part, that involves a critical examination of why so many people perceive sports as essentially pure and wholesome activities when, in fact, they are multifaceted activities that come in many different forms and create possibilities for many different experiences. The content of a sport sociology course varies, depending on the department offering it. The topics in this guidance document provide an overview of what such a course might cover. They are presented as a course-planning aid, rather than a list of required topics for all courses.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Association for Sport and Physical Education