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Social Issues and Lived Experiences

Providing insight into the study of social issues as lived experiences using social psychological perspectives, this course will focus on issues and controversies in sport and physical activity. It begins by examining why sport is both sociologically and psychologically significant. It then looks at interpretive theoretical approaches to the study of lived experience generally, and in sport and physical activity specifically. Substantive topics to be examined include socialization, gender, sexuality, aging, fitness/health, media, social class, race and ethnicity, disability, violence and deviance. A social psychological examination of these issues is intended to encourage students to think critically about the place and role of sport and physical activity in the context of individual’s lives, and in society. Through lectures, discussions, readings and reflections, we will explore the tremendous and far-reaching impact of sport as a societal institution. Students will learn the tools needed to think in an informed and critical way about the lived experience of sport and physical activity participation – and how it impacts the lives of individuals and groups in society.

SOC PSY 3B03

Social Issues and Lived Experiences

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: No

Providing insight into the study of social issues as lived experiences using social psychological perspectives, this course will focus on issues and controversies in sport and physical activity. It begins by examining why sport is both sociologically and psychologically significant. It then looks at interpretive theoretical approaches to the study of lived experience generally, and in sport and physical activity specifically. Substantive topics to be examined include socialization, gender, sexuality, aging, fitness/health, media, social class, race and ethnicity, disability, violence and deviance. A social psychological examination of these issues is intended to encourage students to think critically about the place and role of sport and physical activity in the context of individual’s lives, and in society. Through lectures, discussions, readings and reflections, we will explore the tremendous and far-reaching impact of sport as a societal institution. Students will learn the tools needed to think in an informed and critical way about the lived experience of sport and physical activity participation – and how it impacts the lives of individuals and groups in society.


Meridith Griffin

Assistant Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of an Honours program in the Faculty of Social Sciences.