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General Description:  Since ancient times, sporting events have been an integral factor of society. Why do thousands of fans go each week to watch their favorite sports teams play? Why do millions others spend time watching the same teams on the television? Sports, sporting events, and fans are inescapable and they play an interesting role in the development of our society. From our earliest days as a nation sports have pulled communities together, as well as created bitter rivalries between cities. Sports platforms have also been used to put social issues in the spot light, such as the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. This course will examine the history of sports, their very foundations, as well as examine the role sports and sports figures have played in shaping and changing society.


  • Unit 1: What are Sports? What is Their Role in Society?
  • Unit 2: Why do we Care about Sports?
  • Unit 3: Sports as a Social & Political Stage
  • Unit 4: Corruption in Sports
  • Unit 5: Individual Research Project & Presentation

Strategies:  Students learn through a variety of strategies:

  • Class discussions
  • Small group work
  • Individual research projects
  • Readings (books & articles)
  • Documentaries

Skills students will focus on:

  • Engage in analytical and critical thinking about sports and social issues in a larger context
  • Both argumentative and informative writing
  • Analyzing sports teams, figures, coaches, and their impacts on society
  • Cause and effect. What led to certain events and how did events effect society as a whole?
  • Analyze readings and videos concerning major concepts and issues
  • Examine primary and secondary sources about major sports events, teams, and figures

Homework:  Homework for this class is typically less than 10 minutes per night on average with good time management. Homework usually consists of either work that wasn’t finished during time provided in class OR larger projects with multiple days to work on it. Several assignments are assigned throughout the semester with the expectation for work to be completed at home. The final project for this class is an individual research essay and presentation. Students will be given in-class time to work on this project and it can be completed with good time management in class.