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Explore Chicago for Student Athletes

Autumn 2018
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Socioeconomic Aspects of Sports

Kate O'Brien, Athletics
Two sections will be offered during Autumn Quarter 2018.

This course will introduce students to the impact sports has on society and use sport as a vehicle to discuss though social issues. Students will specifically study what impact sport has had, and continues to have, on the City of Chicago from multiple perspectives – primarily socially, culturally, and economically. It will challenge students to look at sport beyond its entertainment value and explore how it can be used as an agent for education and social change. As a microcosm of society, sport offers a unique venue to discuss such topics as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, access/privilege, leadership and community service, among others. Students will be asked to reflect upon their own view of sport throughout the quarter and monitor how it changes based on readings, class discussions, and excursions. This is a seminar-style class that requires students’ full participation in class activities and discussions.
  • This course is open only to student athletes on Division I teams.