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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....

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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 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 yulissa a d p

Mar 15, 2022


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!!

By Jaime S

Jul 11, 2018

Excellent course, well prepared and presented!

By Le D D L

Apr 28, 2020

Great course, I have learned many new things

By Marta Z

May 10, 2020

Very interesting and entertaining lectures.

By 山下修平

Jul 24, 2022

Excellent and easy to understand lectures.

By Divyata

Apr 12, 2021

Great professor and extremely informative

By William D d A

Jun 3, 2020

Great course, dinamic, excellent classes!

By Atharva S

May 28, 2020

Insightfu learnings and a great professor

By Stefan M

Nov 21, 2020

Great course. Great topic. Well teached.

By knvg r

Jun 9, 2016

Love sports, very good corse to take !!!

By Al-Aukla R

Jul 3, 2020

I learnt a lot of things in this course