soc655wi.12 - SOC 655 SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT Winter 2012 T/Th 1:30-3:18 in Ramseyer Hall 336 Professor Dr Chris Knoester Office 152 Townshend Office hrs

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SOC 655: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT Winter 2012 T/Th 1:30-3:18 in Ramseyer Hall 336 Professor: Dr. Chris Knoester E-mail: [email protected] Office: 152 Townshend Phone: 247-7261 Office hrs: 3:30-4:30 Tue. and by appt. Note: e-mail is the best way to contact me. Course Description: This course is an introduction to the sociology of sport. It will familiarize students with the language and tools of sociologists and help them apply this knowledge in the critical study of sports as a social institution. Topics of study include the history of sports, socialization into sports, stratification within sports, and the relationship between sports and other social institutions. Text: Coakley, Jay. 2009. Sport in Society: Issues & Controversies. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill. Course Structure: The structure of this course is designed to engage students in the science of sociology. We will examine issues that are contemporary, meaningful, and relevant to the well-being of society. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to actively participate in class activities and discussions. Class activities will be varied and will include debates, lectures, videos, and small group discussions. Teaching Philosophy: My approach to teaching the Sociology of Sports revolves around my concern for the welfare of the students. I sincerely wish to facilitate the personal and intellectual growth of the students in this course. Therefore, I will strive to make the course the most interesting and beneficial one that you will take-- for I believe that the importance of the subject matter demands this effort. Any feedback regarding the effectiveness of these efforts is greatly appreciated. Class Participation: Students are encouraged to take an active role in the learning process. Thus, class participation and in-class assignments will comprise 25% of your grade. It is expected that you attend class regularly and complete the assigned readings prior to the day's class. Measures of your class participation will include reviews of your performance as a discussant and as a participant in in- class activities that will be graded frequently. Each student will be assigned to be a "designated discussant" for two class periods. Your responsibility on these days is to be especially well- prepared for class and to facilitate class discussion. Debates: To encourage students to critically think about some of the most important issues involving the sociology of sport, extensive preparation for three debates is required. The format for the preparation and execution of these debates is attached below. Your debate preparation and performance will count for 25% of your final grade.
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Exams: There will be two exams during the semester, including the final. These will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. Each exam will cover lecture material, assigned readings, and class activities and will be worth 25% of your final grade (2 x 25% = 50% total).
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  • Winter '12
  • ChrisKnoester
  • Sociology, ........., academic misconduct, History of sport

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