Leisure and Society [CRN 79571]

Discipline: Sociology
Instructor: Gibson
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1700
End: 1820
Field Work: Day 1 | December 2, 2017 | Japan
Prerequisites: One (1) general sociology course Download Syllabus

Leisure is a core dimension of life, yet it is not fully understood or appreciated. Students will understand the different ways leisure has been defined and is shaped by the socio-cultural and historical context of a society, often in relation to work. The influence of gender, race, class, and life-stage on leisure will be examined before moving onto issues of time (lack of time), technology, commodification and future work patterns.  Students will be challenged to contrast their attitudes towards leisure compared to countries they visit.  Is leisure universal dimension of life in all countries?  What shapes leisure in these different cultural contexts?  Is leisure valued differently in different countries? These questions and more will guide students’ understanding of leisure.

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 1
Date: December 2, 2017

Kobe has a professional soccer team called Vissel Kobe who play at the Noevir Stadium which was built as part of the preparations for the 2002 World Cup. The sport of soccer (football) has become a global pastime even in Asian countries especially following the 2002 co-hosted World Cup. On December 2nd Vissel Kobe play their last game of the season in the J-League against Shimizu S-Pulse. We will attend the game and work with Japanese Sport Management professors who will help us understand sport in Japan and in particular the growth in the popularity of soccer in Japan and how the sport is both homogenized and different around the world.

Learning Objectives:
1. Students will gain an understanding of the role of mega sporting events in the diffusion of sporting activities into countries that have not previously participated in them.
2. Students will gain an understanding of the positive and negative legacies associated with hosting a mega sporting event such as the FIFA World Cup.
3. Students will experience a soccer match in Kobe and be challenged to engage in cross–cultural participant observation of the fans, the style of play on the field and any other activities at the match and contrast them with soccer (or other similar sports) in their own countries.