Spring Term, 2004: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 am - 10:20 pm, Chambers 1015
Office Hours: M, W, F 10:30-11:20 am;
T, Th 10:00-11:30 am or by appointment
This course is a writing-intensive study of the social and cultural impact of sports from a variety of anthropological perspectives, and will fulfill first-year composition requirements. While the emphasis will be on writing, we will examine a number of topics on the impact of sports on society and culture as a way to "think through writing." Topics in this course include the commodification of sports and leisure, and the relationship between sports and issues such as gender, identity, childhood, public policy, the media, social organization, and popular culture. We will use sports as a lens to understand wider social changes and cultural meanings in different societies throughout the world, including American society. Satisfies the core requirement in composition, social science, and cultural diversity
In terms of writing, although we will focus on expository prose, we will also explore different genres including op/ed articles and field journal writing. We will approach writing as part of the research process, a process that includes conducting a literature review, writing a proposal, outlining a paper, writing a draft, and correcting drafts. During each week of class, we will set aside one meeting to do exercises together, deconstructing the class material that we have read.
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