Introduction to the sociocultural dimensions of sport and physical activity. The course examines a variety of social institutions, processes, issues, and their relationship to sport and physical education in Canada and the United States. Topics include the emergence of modern sport, sport and culture, socialization, class and gender relations, race and ethnicity, government and politics, commercialization, the mass media, schools and universities, drugs and violence.
Examination of the role of sport in Canadian popular culture, historically and in the present. Topics include the power of the media to create audiences for sport; the role of sport in the construction of local, regional, and national identities; the continental dimensions of professional sport; the place of sport in the negotiation of gender relations; the use of sport by the Canadian government; and the position of sport in an increasingly global economy and culture.