Sports and the University

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Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do throu...
Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do through creative use of technology, and we share what we learn with the rest of the world.

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Sports are everywhere in US universities. Why is this? What does it matter? What are the benefits—and what are the costs? How should the system change? In this course, we will explore six key topics at the intersection of athletics and American college life:

1. Ancient Athletics
2. History of US College Sports
3. Economics
4. Race
5. Gender
6. Aesthetics and Meaning

We hope that you will bring to this course your interests, experiences, and thoughts on college athletics. Discussion forums will be a key part of Sports and the University, as we ask you to weigh in on such issues as payments for college athletes, perception of women in university sports, and the future of athletics. You will have an opportunity to earn a Statement of Accomplishment for the course by taking quizzes on the course topics.

A truly interdisciplinary course, Sports and the University features experts in classics, literary studies, philosophy, Oly...

Sports are everywhere in US universities. Why is this? What does it matter? What are the benefits—and what are the costs? How should the system change? In this course, we will explore six key topics at the intersection of athletics and American college life:

1. Ancient Athletics
2. History of US College Sports
3. Economics
4. Race
5. Gender
6. Aesthetics and Meaning

We hope that you will bring to this course your interests, experiences, and thoughts on college athletics. Discussion forums will be a key part of Sports and the University, as we ask you to weigh in on such issues as payments for college athletes, perception of women in university sports, and the future of athletics. You will have an opportunity to earn a Statement of Accomplishment for the course by taking quizzes on the course topics.

A truly interdisciplinary course, Sports and the University features experts in classics, literary studies, philosophy, Olympic coaching, academic advising, campus religious life, and gender studies. The course is also multimedia, featuring some experts in video lectures and some in audio interviews; the audio is available both within the course and as a companion podcast playlist.

We hope you will join us for an exciting investigation of this vital topic!

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