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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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By Thuingathing S

Aug 14, 2020

Very information and good teaching

By David K

Jul 29, 2020

I really enjoyed in this course...

By Michael R

May 5, 2020

Orin Starn is a great Professor.

By Pablo M

May 1, 2017

Simple, informative, and useful.


May 11, 2020

Great material. Learned a ton!

By 殷臻之

Aug 4, 2020

i love this course so much!!!

By Mohammad R H

Jun 9, 2020

Easy Course but loads of info

By Conner C

May 6, 2019

Amazing good work Orin Star

By Vigneswaran C

Jun 6, 2020

Compact, and educational.

By Md F H R

May 15, 2020

totally beneficial to me✌

By Andrew G L

Jun 25, 2020

I learned a new domain.

By Amit B

Apr 4, 2020


By Jair C M F

Aug 7, 2019

The course is sublime!

By Jimmy G

Sep 4, 2017

The professor is cool.

By Julia Z

Mar 24, 2020

Excellent course !

By Scott S

Jun 18, 2018

Very Interesting.

By Oscar D

Oct 7, 2016

Excellent course!

By Dawei L

Sep 24, 2020

Thanks Professor

By Adela F A

Mar 12, 2020

Very interesting

By Stacey B

Jan 28, 2016


By Henok M

Sep 29, 2020

a great course.

By Osama A

Apr 9, 2021

Amazing course

By Augusto P M

Feb 27, 2021

very enjoyable

By Michael T H

May 5, 2020


By Meryl K

May 15, 2020

Great class