College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 319: Popular Culture

ENGH 319-002: Sports as Media
(Spring 2015)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Robinson A412

Section Information for Spring 2015


This course examines the intersections of sports and media, how each experience shapes the other. Our focus will be the many and expanding ways sports stories are constructed and disseminated, the intersections of TV and movies, news and social media, athletes and fans, games and businesses. Consumed daily, as entertainment, industry, spectacle, sports stories create and challenge cultural myths or political structures.

The course considers especially how sports as media convey and counter apparent truths concerning race, gender, class, and age, the identities produced by sports, the effects of celebrity, scandals, commercialization, and historical contexts.

We'll look at the proliferation of sports stories on TV and Twitter, as well as more conventional myth-making in fiction and documentary. Our focus is current media, so we'll also watch TV and selections from ESPN's 30 for 30 and Nine for IX series, as well as other recent nonfiction and fiction films.

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Emphasizes popular fiction and adaptation of popular prose genres to media that have strong verbal and visual elements. Relationship between verbal and nonverbal elements of media such as film, comics, and radio. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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