2022 – Spring

Elective Reporting Topics: Sports and Society

Course Number: JOUR-UA 204, section 4

Day & Time: Thu | 5:00 PM – 8:40 PM

Location: 20 Cooper Square, room 657

Instructor: Michael Huang

Prerequisite: Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101)

Sports often serve as a reflection for society’s greater trends and movements. It does so because so much of sports and the drama, pathos and passion for it derives from a collective population – its fans, athletes and the industry that surrounds them. Inevitably, all participants in the sports industry bring with them into their respective arenas of competition their own opinions, causes, and agendas. This is the intersection of society and sports and the role sports plays in affecting change or serving as a platform for debate. Students in this discussion-based course will examine a brief history of pointed moments of this intersection, as well as some of the largest topics facing our country today and how they affect sports – or even how sports affects society. They will research and write sourced articles that will be suitable for publication, meet with guest speakers on a weekly basis and engage their colleagues on topics that promote healthy dialogue both in class and out.

Notes: Counts as an elective for the journalism major and both journalism minors.