CES 201 Sports, Narrative, Identity and Nation • 5 Cr.
Sports is more than just a game. Examine how culture is expressed through the sports we play and understand how sports defines the way we see ourselves as individuals. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will explore defining oneself as an athlete, the effects of competition, why America loves rooting for an underdog, sports as a means of forging or maintaining connections, marketing through and the marketing of sports, examining heroes and icons as well as issues and controversies in sports, and analyzing the ways inequalities, politics, gender, sexuality, race, and ability play out in the arena of sports. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Reflect and analyze the role and influence sports plays in our lives.
- Identify how sports has functioned historically and contemporarily as both a source of inequality and injustice across race, sexuality, gender and ability as well as a site for social change and activism.
- Critically analyze how sports is shaped by culture and cultural values and also how sports shapes culture and nationalism.
- Identify one's own previously-held perspectives on the themes and explain how those perspectives may have changed.