Feb 02, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 032 - Sports Writing: The “I” in Team

Lower division
Full credit
MTuThF, 12:00 PM - 2:35 PM

Despite the clichéd phrase, “there is no I in team,” a team is a collection of I(s): individuals with needs and goals distinct from, and, at times in conflict with, team goals. In this course, we will use all kinds of sports writing (journalism; creative; scholarly; reflective) to explore the difficulties and reward being an individual on an athletic team, and by extension an individual within a community.
Fear not. To take this class you do not need to be an athlete. We will be exercising our minds and the topics we investigate have far reaching implications. How does one best satisfy and balance individual needs with the needs of a collective (be it a team, family, corporation, theater troupe, class etc.)? What is a “team player?” Are/How are sports a religious activity, a patriotic activity, a selfish or selfless activity? How do we view race, gender, and sexuality through the lens of sports? We will explore these questions in our reading, in our writing, and in our discussions to gain a broader understanding of the place of sport in our own lives and in our society.


Core Designations: Creative Practice and American Diversity

Instructor(s): Mary Volmer
Email:  mvolmer@stmarys-ca.edu


Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  None
Course Fee:  30

Credits: 1

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