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Sports and Society

Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new perspectives on the games we watch and play. It's the new and improved version of Professor Orin Starn's original "Sports and Society" for Coursera, which drew more than 40,000 students. We will focus on both popular sports like soccer (or “football,” as anyone outside America calls it), basketball, and baseball, and also lesser-known ones like mountain-climbing and fishing. You will never watch or think about sports in the same way again.
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Rating 4.6 based on 80 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Duke University via Coursera
Instructor Orin Starn
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design
Tags Social Sciences History Governance And Society Arts And Humanities

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Brilliant course, Professor Starn explains everything in a fun and interesting way, gives relevant readings if you want to learn more and makes you think of sports in a new and influential manner.

Professor Starn puts his whole self -- literally, socially and intellectually -- into his teaching, making this one of the best courses I have ever taken up-close-and-personal or online.

I'm hoping Professor Starn creates more courses like this one!

Fantastic humanistic approach, very well designed and above all the passion of the professor Starn is fundamental!

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Orin Starn has a unique and interesting way of communicating his ideas and knowledge.

excelent This is a great journey with the great Orin Starn's guide through the history and different perspectives of sports in the human history.

Le professeur Orin Starn est agréable à écouter et les illustrations permettent de bien visualiser de quoi il est question tout en maintenant les élèves attentifs au cours.

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easy to follow

Very interesting lectures with loads of examples Great class, easy to follow, and very informative.

His approach and “easy going” language make the course and its content interesting and easy to follow, also for people without any background in social sciences, like me.

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I really enjoyed the course!

Excellent course!I enjoyed the course because it goes deep enough into the topics for begginers...I specially liked the video about corporate athletes.I'm a soccer fan!

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Gives you a good insight into understanding people and history..

Professor Starn gives insight into the sports world and explains complex topics using anthropological reasoning in a way that makes sense to the average person.

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TV Play-By-Play $55k

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Play by play announcer $63k

Play by Play Broadcaster $76k

Volunteer Play-by-Play Announcer $78k

Basketball play-by-play & color analyst $80k

Sports Play By Play Board Operator $84k

Play-by-Play Talent $93k

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Sports Reporter/Anchor/Play by Play $102k

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Rating 4.6 based on 80 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Duke University via Coursera
Instructor Orin Starn
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design
Tags Social Sciences History Governance And Society Arts And Humanities

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