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About the Course

Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new perspectives on the games we watch and play. It's the new and improved version of Professor Orin Starn's original "Sports and Society" for Coursera, which drew more than 40,000 students. We will focus on both popular sports like soccer (or “football,” as anyone outside America calls it), basketball, and baseball, and also lesser-known ones like mountain-climbing and fishing. You will never watch or think about sports in the same way again....

Top reviews

Nov 11, 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!!!

Jan 13, 2017

This course tells us about how social customs and traditions have contributed to the evolution of sports and how sports has vice versa reflected the changes in social order of any age.

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By Mauro T

May 19, 2020

I enjoyed every single week of this course. Thank you Mr. Orin Starn

By Unal G

May 11, 2016

I loved this course, clear and rich instruction. highly recommended

By Margaux P

Nov 14, 2021

An incredibly interesting and well done course. I highly recommend.

By Mostafa B

Feb 4, 2021

amazing course, amazing P.Orin, amazing lessons, thank you so much.

By Phoebe S T W

May 16, 2020

Thank you for this. I have learned a lot from it. Take Care always

By Saurav S B

Jun 20, 2020

I think its great to do such course. Thank you for organizing.

By Jennie v d B

Jun 13, 2018

This class is so fun and touches on so many topics (and sports)!

By Aroosha R

Mar 12, 2018

I learned a-lot through this course. Thank you for introducing.

By Mhairi V M

Mar 31, 2021

Thoroughly enjoyed this course and value the content learned.

By Ryan V

Nov 29, 2020

The instructor is very engaging: animated and full of energy.


Jan 28, 2018

Ce cours était très captivant et intéressant! Merci beaucoup!

By shyam s

Jun 10, 2016

it was wonderful....very useful couse..i like it .but it hard

By Fatima L R

Jan 4, 2021

Muy buen curso para ver los deportes desde otra perspectiva

By Gaven S G

Oct 9, 2021

Got new information about sports and things related to it

By Jordan E J

May 26, 2020

Excellent course. Very interesting and thought provoking

By Jan J

Jun 7, 2016

awesome instructor, great energy and even better insides

By Nasiba I

Aug 2, 2016

Such a passionate lectures,very interesting and useful.

By Vivek S

Jul 30, 2020

Wonderful and Fun Course on Sports. Great Instructor.

By Nour H

Sep 3, 2020

Very informative, I enjoyed every single part of it!

By Lezhan W

Oct 18, 2016

I like it and this teaches me a lot, really helpful.

By darshan p

Mar 31, 2017

Really good and comprehensively researched course.

By Bill H

Jul 29, 2020

Very good course, informative, east to understand

By Jose R

Dec 8, 2016

Very interesting lectures with loads of examples

By Madeline G

May 21, 2020

I really enjoyed this course. Thanks very much.

By sungho k

Jun 26, 2020

Thanks Mr. Orin for the enthusiastic lecture!!