Junior and Senior Elective

The course will examine the role played by sports in contemporary societies. Topics will include (but are not limited to) fandom and tribalism, the impact of professional franchises on local economies, the concussion and brain injury crisis in football and other sports, the rise of the statistician, the cult of the amateur, sports as a catalyst for social change through the bully pulpit used by such athletes as Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe, and gender issues in sports.