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Summer 2018

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HIS217 - History of Sport in America

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the development of sport in America from its folk game roots to the multi-billion dollar business of today. The course investigates the interrelationship between sport and social, economic, cultural and political forces in the United States. Note: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirement in American History are required to meet one of the following criteria: successful completion of HIS 203 or HIS 204; score 85 or better on the New York State Regents American History and Government examination; or earn a score of 3 or better on the AP United States history examination.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1.Identify and assess the primary characteristics of at least three major eras of American sport. *
2.Evaluate and analyze a minimum of three ways mass communication has impacted the development of sport.*
3.Analyze the influence of modern sport on the development of higher education in America through primary and secondary sources.
4.Identify and assess the evolution of rules within three major sports.
5.Evaluate the role of gender, ethnicity, race and social class on the development of American sport.
6.Examine at least three ways globalization has impacted American sport.
7.Assess at least three consequences of the professionalization of sport.
8.Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret at least three primary documents related to sport history.
9.Assess how the culture of sport has impacted at least three different groups in American society.*
10.Evaluate and appraise for bias and viewpoint at least three primary or secondary documents related to sport history.
11. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, organize and defend a historical argument related to sport history in a written or oral presentation (University of Chicago guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly sources utilizing online full-text databases.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. What is Sport History?
II. Sport in Early America
III. Nineteenth Century Sporting Culture
IV. The Emergence of Intercollegiate Sport
V. Sport in Industrial America
VI. Issues of Race and Gender in the Early 20th Century
VII. Age of the Sports Hero
VIII. Sport in the Age of Television
IX. Rise of the Olympic Games
X. Internationalization of American Sport
XI. The Business of Sport
XII. The Quest for Gender and Racial Equality

Effective Term: Spring 2013