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Learner Career Outcomes

62%

started a new career after completing these courses

64%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

20%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Instructor

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Orin Starn 

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Cultural Anthropology
12,866 Learners
1 Course

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Getting Started! Games, Play, and Sports

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 59 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Understanding Play and Sports, Part 28m
Why Do We Like to Play? Part 15m
Why Do We Like to Play? Part 28m
The Origins of Modern Sports, Part 110m
The Origins of Modern Sports, Part 28m
Capoeira11m
7 readings
The Course Basics (note: all essential class information here!!!)10m
Links to Course Readings10m
List of Key Terms10m
Grading Policy10m
About the Instructor10m
The Sports and Society Book Club (optional)10m
The Sports and Society Movie Club (optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Globalization, Nationalism, and the Politics of Sports

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 66 min)
7 videos
Nationalism and Sports, Part 19m
Nationalism and Sports, Part 29m
Athletes and Social Activism, Part 15m
Athletes and Social Activism, Part 29m
American Football, Part 19m
American Football, Part 29m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Race, Cultural Identity, and the Sports World

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 86 min)
9 videos
Race and American Sports, Part 28m
The Native American Mascot Controversy11m
The Social Demographics of Sports, Part 112m
The Social Demographics of Sports, Part 27m
Zidane and Bruce Lee, Part 16m
Zidane and Bruce Lee, Part 29m
Golf, Part 18m
Golf, Part 210m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Gender, Sexuality, and the Rise of Women's Sports

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 94 min)
9 videos
A Short History of Women’s Sports, Part 211m
Women’s Sports Today, Part 19m
Women’s Sports Today, Part 211m
The Long Sporting Life of Homophobia, Part 110m
The Long Sporting Life of Homophobia, Part 29m
The Transgender Athlete10m
The Fitness Revolution, Part 110m
The Fitness Revolution, Part 213m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top reviews from Sports and Society

By MMNov 12th 2016

I loved this particular course. The topics are relevant. Each topic is supported by historical facts and examples and how is it relevant in the present time. It was a great learning experience!!!

By LKJan 7th 2020

One of the best courses that mixed interesting facts with theories. I study sports management, it's really intriguing to see how sports social values entwined with each other in history!

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