Sports in American Society
Ended March 28

Sport plays a major role in American society and has evolved tremendously since the late 1800’s, from the standpoint of the fans, the coaches/managers/administrators, and the athletes. Using primarily discussion and debate, small group work, student input, and video, the class will focus on how sport has changed over the years, what factors influenced sport to change, and where sport may be headed in the future.

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This course will be heavy on the historical perspective of sport, the influence of economics in sport, and cultural changes that took place over time. Handouts will be used with a list of recommended texts, articles, and videos. Students will be asked to concentrate on a few sports each, and to provide analysis of those sports for the benefit of the class. As a final exercise, students will be asked to submit/discuss their “recommendations for sports change.”

RICK HUTCHINS has taught over 60 different courses and workshops at the college level in his teaching and coaching career, first in the field of health and physical education, and later in the computing field. He previously coached eight different sports (primarily college level), and was an Athletic Director at Plymouth State College, and later Hanover High School. He currently serves as a computer consultant, website developer, Treasurer of the Goose Pond Lake Association, teacher, and photographer.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth requires an annual membership to participate in courses. Membership fees are $70 (expiring June 30, 2018) or $105 (expiring June 30, 2019).


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