Sports and Social Change

Social Concerns Seminar
CSC 33301

This seminar will explore the vast intersections of sports and social concerns, utilizing a Catholic Social Tradition lens as a framework for discussion, analysis, and action. In U.S. culture, and one could argue global society, there are few activities more all-encompassing and engaging of diverse peoples, resources, and issues as the arena of sports. This thing we call "sports" offers a unique space to think about social concerns. The reality that sports involves vast amounts of media, time, money, people, industries, etc. creates intersections that put various social concerns at the front and center. In recent years sports have crossed paths in significant ways with issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, gender and sexuality, the role of media, the role of protest, religion, collective bargaining, racial justice, ethics, university scandals, and many more. This seminar will explore questions such as: How do sports contribute to our society's common good? How do they threaten our common good? Where does human dignity reside or get compromised in the various arenas of sports? What case studies in sports present interesting and important opportunities for social analysis and reflection? Sports ethics: What tough questions should the public and the sports industries, organizations, and schools be asking themselves in order to move toward a more just and ethical structure? How has sports culture promoted unhealthy societal norms and social concerns? How has sports culture challenged these patterns? For example, one might ask what sports has meant for people experiencing poverty? This seminar does not have a spring break immersion.

This seminar does not have a Spring break immersion.

Class Dates: Fridays: 10:00–11:30 a.m., February 4–April 8, 2022

This course requires an application. Learn more and apply using the link below.

There is no fee for this seminar.
Application Process: 
  • (1) Completed application and (2) Possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • Registration approval will be granted by the department upon acceptance into the Seminar.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen before the University deadline to register through NOVO.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • For admitted students, the cost for this seminar is charged to your student account upon completion of the immersion. Full seminar fee may be charged for all withdrawals on or after the second date of the seminar class session.
  • Contact for inquiries regarding financial assistance. 
  • With questions about your application, email


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