Teaching “Sport and Society”: Problems and Consequences

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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This is a case study of the consequences of a “sport and society” course for students. Data from a pretest and posttest of one class in sport and society suggest that students changed in “desired” directions. At the conclusion of the course they tend to adopt the sociological perspective, as indicated by a greater probability of criticism rather than the acceptance of societal arrangements, a greater willingness to change social structures, and a greater tendency to consider society rather than individuals as the cause of social problems. Students also became less sexist, and the posttest indicated that the course challenged conventional wisdom and thus demythologized the social reality of sport. Since this study was of one class, the results are tentative. The paper concludes with suggestions for further study.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1991.

The authors are with the Dept. of Sociology at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523.

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