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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 6, 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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Jul 12, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very informative and knowledgeable. Cheers!

By Senga69

Dec 25, 2016

Excellent cours qui offre un point de vue original sur nos sociétés modernes.

By Appu R

Aug 6, 2021

A course that can change or have an impact on your perspective on sports..!!

By Elijah K

Jun 5, 2020

Very informative and made me think. Great lectures and interesting readings.

By Ju�rez M S A

Nov 21, 2020

Me gustó mucho el curso, aprendí muchas cosas y lo recomiendo ampliamente.

By elvis l o

Aug 17, 2020

good course,i´m fron chile and the english is easy to understand , thanks

By Nazım F Ö

Oct 15, 2021

Its a great course. I'm learn lots of information. Thanks for everything.

By Manimaran R

Dec 27, 2020

Good Course, It better if the course cetificate to be given immediattely.

By Areeb A P

Apr 28, 2020

Really enjoyed the course, explored a completely new dimension of sport.

By Michelle S

Oct 1, 2020

Some topics could use an update, but overall a very interesting course.

By Lee J

Nov 9, 2018

Very insightful, and well communicated by the teacher. Very enjoyable!

By Shubham M A

May 11, 2020

Good course learned about different sports and it's impact on society

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 Deepanjan B

Dec 5, 2022

Extremely informative, clear articulation and relevant examples

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