Program Dates, Times & Details
Session I: July 6 – 31, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Course Number: 72734
Sports are not neutral, they are not immune to social factors and social forces. They are shaped, determined, influenced by, and impacted by the social world, and our larger society. Despite the fact that we may participate in, view, and enjoy sports as an escape from reality, sports are not at all separate from reality. On their own, they are athletic games of prowess and skill. But yet, the meaning behind sports; what they stand for, how they resonate with us, how they make us feel, are socially constructed. In this four-week course, participants will explore, dialogue, and ultimately come to an expanded understanding of the relationship between sports and society, as well as the relationship that they themselves have with the world of sports.
Program & Technology Requirements
- Reliable internet access
- Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)
Jacob Bartholomew, M.S.
Jacob Bartholomew is an advanced doctoral student in the Sociology department at Syracuse University. His areas of study include: race and racism, social justice and education access and equity, masculinity and the sociology of sport. As an avid sports fan, Bartholomew believes that when understanding larger links between social systems and the sports we love, we become more informed sports fans. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his Pug, Oscar, watching baseball, and playing video games.