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FYSP 178 - Social Justice and Professional Athlete Activism

FC SSCI WINT
4 credits
How do professional athletes and other public figures use their platforms for social movements?This seminar explores past and present voices for social change, both in the United States and abroad. We will examine the ways in which athletes, musicians, and actors harness their professional positions to take a stand for what they believe in. What is the impact of their activism, and does speaking out come at a cost? Students will analyze issues from multiple perspectives and through a range of sources, honing their ability to draw their own conclusions about a range of complex social questions.Readings and discussions will focus onWe Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas (2018), as well as news reporting, academic journals, documentary and fiction films, and social media. Students will conduct research, including through interviews, and will present their findings in presentations and in writing.



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