Sports and Social Concerns

Social Concerns Seminar
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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

The course will involve one or two day trips to Chicago and/or Indianapolis where we will engage these questions with those directly in the sports industry.

Class time: 
Friday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Geddes Hall, room 233 (Will begin September 1 and meet every Friday thereafter).
Application Process: 

You may register for this one-credit seminar without completing a seminars application. We ask that you limit your social concerns seminars participation to one per semester.

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