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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 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 Divyata

Apr 12, 2021

Great professor and extremely informative

By William D

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

By Markus B

Jun 9, 2020

Well structured and really interesting.

By Megan W

Sep 13, 2019

Very interesting and not too difficult.


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By Siddhartha E G T

Mar 20, 2021

Great if you like Sports and history!


Sep 14, 2020

Good I enjoyed and learnt many things

By Gabriel V

May 3, 2020

Great information, Great instruction.

By Oscar Y

Jul 29, 2020

I enjoyed every second of the class!

By Kevin P

Nov 23, 2020

Really interesting and eye opening.

By Michelle P D D L R

Aug 22, 2020

The best course i have taken online

By Maria A M

Jul 9, 2020

Very Nice course, super informative

By Thomas R

May 5, 2019

Interesting, teacher voice is fluid

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!