Gender and Sports: Breaking Traditional Boundaries

Spring 2017

FRPG 2041
Instructor: Elisa VanKirk
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
This course counts as SSES 212 and fulfills the FYS and SS general education requirements.

This class will aim to breakdown and look at traditional gender roles within sports. How do our attitudes about male and female athletes reflect culture? Are men, women, boys, and girls trained differently within athletics? Are the different genders taught to look at competition, performance, and achievements in different ways? We will also look at the history of sex roles and gender within American sports. How did Title IX affect women and men in sports? Why are so many sports stars linked to violence? How are gender roles within sports perceived in different countries; for example, field hockey is played by men around the world, but by women in the US. Lastly we will look at the media and its role in winning and losing as well as in gender. Through readings, class discussion, oral presentations, research, current news, and films we will explore these issues. There will also be an opportunity to research a gender issue in sport that interests you. Students will expand on their topic throughout the semester culminating in a final paper.

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