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DGS 164 - Sports Law and Issues of Diversity

5 Credits
From a global perspective, this course will look at contemporary and historical sports law issues with respect to race, gender, religion, disability and civil rights. The topics will focus on the impact of substantive and procedural laws with respect to: 1) Local, regional, global and socioeconomic integration and interdependence as dictated by sports law, 2) Societal/cultural group contributions to legal theory or systems as they impact professional, collegiate and amateur sports, 3) Institutional oppression and dominant group privilege as dictated by sports law and policy, 4) Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination and its influence and impact on sports law, 5) The social construction of law and its intersection with sports, 6) Skills for confronting biased treatment and advocating for justice through professional and amateur sports, 7) Dynamics of intercultural or intersocietal conflict and conflict resolution in the dynamics of sports and sports law.

Course Note cross lists with Legal 164

Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve Students interested in law; legal and social issues related to race, gender, class, disability and religion in sports; Satisfies Area 1 distribution and Diversity/Globalism requirement
Active Date 2011-06-13

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
Course outline will follow the evolution and prospective change of sports law in the United States and will always consider legal issues of globalism and/or diversity with a focus on at least two of the categories set out in the course content above. The general outline of the course will consider: I. An overview of the legal system II. The law of agents and issues related to the impact of race, class, gender on those relationships III. The law of contracts in the context of sports IV. The law of torts in the context of sports V. Criminal law in the context of sports and issues related to the impact of race, class and gender VI. Antitrust and labor law and how it has impacted matters of race and class in professional sports VII. Disability law in sports VIII. Freedom of religion in sports IX. Other civil rights issues in sports

Student Learning Outcomes
Analyze substantive law as it impacts race, gender, culture and human rights

Understand legal history in the context of race, gender culture and human rights

Learn about the dynamics of intercultural and inter-societal conflict and conflict resolution

Analyze how law has impacted issues of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination

Articulate the power and limits of law with respect to issues of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.

Develop skills for recognizing and confronting biased treatment at a community level

Understand issues of justice and develop skills to advocate for justice

Articulate a global perspective to issues of race, gender, culture and human rights

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