Sports and the University


Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences



"I learned early on that sports is a part of life, that it is human life in microcosm, and that the virtues and flaws of the society exist in sports even as they exist everywhere else." - Howard Cosel

Athletic competitions are prominent in the modern American university. The evolution of collegiate athletics relies on many factors, including gender perceptions, payment issues, and its intersection with American college life. With this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the important and complex role athletic tradition plays in American higher education.
You will explore how athletic competition has changed over time and learn about the growth and development of sports in American college life. This course takes a deep dive into attitudes about the value of the athlete and competitive sport in our society, debates about amateur vs. professional, athletic training, issues of class and gender in sports, and the aesthetics of the athletic body.

You will learn:

  • Attitudes surrounding competitive sports in modern day college life
  • Issues of class, race, and gender in sports
  • Economics involved with athletic competition

Prerequisite(s): None
Registration Fee: Free

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