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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Winter 2023

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HIS 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Soc & Cultural History Soccer
Ub Seminar-Soc & Cultural History Soccer MCD Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   10295   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   MCD   Enrollment Total:   14
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   14
Dates:   01/04/2023 - 01/24/2023   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   TBA , TBA
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
This first-year seminar probes the recent history of soccer to analyze larger social, political, cultural, and economic processes. The main concerns of the course are wide-ranging, and include exploring the relationships between sports and politics, popular culture and national identity, gender and equality. We will explore the following questions: How and why did soccer become the world┐s most popular sport? How has the growth and professionalization of the sport influenced the construction of race, gender, and national identities? How has soccer reshaped debates about human rights, equality, and citizenship? And, how do debates over the team composition, designation of ┐home┐ locales, and even playing styles of the U.S.┐s men┐s and women┐s national squads reflect, and potentially recast, larger conversations about citizenship and national identity? These questions signal the need to think broadly and historically about the ties between sport and society. They are intended as starting points, and will be complemented by new questions and concerns that students will raise in discussions and individual assignments, group presentations, and research papers. The aims for this course are threefold. First, students will strengthen critical reading and writing skills through weekly assignments designed to sharpen written and oral communication. Second, students will acquire first-hand historical research experience through the production of an original research paper. This process immerses you in the thick of scholarship, and will enhance awareness about methodology and historiography. And, finally, in framing this course in an ┐Americas┐ perspective, I invite students to think about the interconnected and transnational arenas through which ostensibly local (and national) histories of soccer play out.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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