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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 12, 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 07, 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 Aroosha R

Mar 12, 2018

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


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 Jordan E J

May 27, 2020

Excellent course. Very interesting and thought provoking

By Jan J

Jun 07, 2016

awesome instructor, great energy and even better insides

By Nasiba I

Aug 02, 2016

Such a passionate lectures,very interesting and useful.

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 Jose R

Dec 08, 2016

Very interesting lectures with loads of examples

By Madeline G

May 21, 2020

I really enjoyed this course. Thanks very much.

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 Atharva S

May 28, 2020

Insightfu learnings and a great professor

By knvg r

Jun 09, 2016

Love sports, very good corse to take !!!

By Megan W

Sep 13, 2019

Very interesting and not too difficult.

By Gabriel V

May 03, 2020

Great information, Great instruction.

By Thomas R

May 05, 2019

Interesting, teacher voice is fluid

By Michael R

May 05, 2020

Orin Starn is a great Professor.

By Pablo M

May 01, 2017

Simple, informative, and useful.


May 11, 2020

Great material. Learned a ton!

By Conner C

May 06, 2019

Amazing good work Orin Star

By Md F H R

May 15, 2020

totally beneficial to me✌

By Amit B

Apr 04, 2020


By Jair C M F

Aug 08, 2019

The course is sublime!