SPT3710 Sociology of Sport
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
In this course, we will look at the role of sport, recreation, and play in various societies. In particular, the influence they have on societal systems, including religion, as well as how societal systems shape and influence sport and recreation. Areas of study will include; socialization, spiritual formation, competition, violence, and questions of race, gender and class.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Sport and recreation offer an environment within which it is possible to minister to the needs of people practically anywhere in the world but this does not happen automatically. Students in this course will examine how and why sport developed and how it interacts with other domains of social life such as education, politics, economics, religion and others.
Why This Course Is Important:
Many institutions, including the Church, have tended to view sport and recreation as pure and positive endeavors while failing to evaluate them and offer constructive criticism. If we can understand, appreciate and engage them from a biblical perspective we will be well on the way to redeeming them and the people that inhabit them.