Project #9810 - Sociology of Sport (SOC 367)

Instructions for Book/film Report

 

This book/film report should focus on sociological issues that are raised by the book or film you are reporting on. If one uses a sociological imagination, any narrative art form raises many issues regarding social relationships and social structure. Almost all of them, for example, deal with interpersonal relationships, and most will have some message to convey about those relationships. The first book on the list, for example, focuses on romantic relationships – in that case, sudden, unbidden homosexual attraction in the workplace (on the baseball diamond). Again, almost all will deal with one or more social structural issues of social location (race, class, gender), occupational conditions, money, power, status hierarchy, inequality, religion, politics, or social norms. In The Dreyfus Affair, race is involved (one of the players is white, the other is black), as are power (the owners), occupational conditions (what are one’s rights in the workplace?), and, obviously, money (if we let them continue to play, will people come? If we don’t, will we lose the pennant?).

 

The form the paper should take is as follows:

No more than one page laying out the content of the book/film. What is the major focus or plot? Who are the main characters? What is the arc of the action – beginning, middle, and end?

One to two pages in which you point out sociological issues raised by the book/film. What incidents in the book/film led you to think about this issue? If a point of view is being presented on this issue, what is it? If it is not clear, speculate. Whether the book/film overtly takes a point of view on the social issue, what thoughts were raised in your mind as a result of this incident? I can’t imagine that there aren’t at least three in any of these books/films.

One to two pages in which you analyze the issues that are raised in relationship to sport. Why is/are these important issues to think about in connection with sport? How does this issue(s) demonstrate how sport is a microcosm of society? If there is a particular problem (e.g., as in my example, discrimination against gays in sports), how would you go about solving it? Exactly what you come up with will, of course, depend on the work you choose. 

Your paper should be four pages, typed with 12 point font, one inch margins, double spaced, a bibliography (APA format) consisting of the full reference of your work, stapled, and include a cover page (your name, title of book/movie, author or director, and your signature). Late papers will NOT be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS! 

 

Each student will present their book/film review on the last day of class (Friday, May 28). Each student will have 10 minutes for their presentation. Students will be required to include the same components as in their paper. The presentation should include some type of visual aid (PowerPoint, media, handouts, etc.). This is a professional presentation so professional dress, language, and behaviors are expected. F we

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