Sports and Social Concerns

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

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.

Fall 2018 class sessions will be held on Fridays from 10:30 a.m.–noon, Geddes Hall B034, September 7-November 30.

Application Process: 

Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) completed application and (2) possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen between August 27 and August 31, 2018.
  • 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.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first seminar class.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email

Fall 2018 CSC Seminars Application is now closed. Please contact with any questions.

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Upcoming Events

January 2019

Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
Information Session: SSLP
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

April 2019

Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)