Sports and Identity (History/Social Science OR Literature Elective; US)

Mari Foret


Fall; Grades 11–12 
May be taken as a history/social science or literature elective

Sports captivate us for more than just their display of physical brilliance: they motivate us and move us because of the stories they tell and the impact they leave. In this course, students explore how watershed moments in sports have both reflected and precipitated changes in our societal values. By looking at sports’ impact on our culture through the lens of race, gender, ethnicity, class, and ability, students refine their understanding of the legacy left by pioneers in the world of athletics. Coursework includes research, essays, presentations, debate, and discussion. Topics may include integration, inclusion, prejudice, protest, changemakers, policy, and role models. Indeed, students shall see: it’s more than just a game. 

  • Humanities/Language Arts

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