This course will appeal to any student who played high school sports, is a sports fan or who is interested in learning about cultural diversity in American sports. Students will learn about Critical Race Theory (CRT), its origins, socio-cultural ramifications and how they intersect with American commercial sports. While Critical Race Theory focuses primarily on discrimination, power and control, this class will stretch beyond that paradigm and examine how cultural diversity plays a significant part in American sports. This seminar will evoke self- examination, the development of personal perspective and critical analysis. Students will question themselves and challenge each other in their writings and in class discussions.
This course seeks to explore and examine the historical and contemporary socio-cultural intersections race and ethnicity have in American culture and commercial sports. We will explore how those trends impact athletes, coaches and sports administrators. I am also very interested in the impact course information has on you, the student. Consequently, your feedback and participation in class discussions and writing assignments are critical to the success of this class and your learning experience. The class will employ lecture, discussion, short documentary films and writing assignments (reflection papers) to achieve those objectives. My goal by the end of the semester are:
- Introduce you to Critical Race Theory, its origins, its impact on society and its intersection in American commercial sports.
- To encourage you to become a critical thinker, to challenge what you read.
- Examine your own values and beliefs about race and ethnicity in the United States.
- To broaden your knowledge about diversity and to view society from the perspectives of marginalized racial and ethnic minorities.
GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd SH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 104 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN S & H